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# Good vs Evil Formula

Represent your day as an energy source in series with resistance
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Using the principle behind Thévenin's theorem:

Add up all good, miraculous, pleasant and generative influences going on at the moment, all around, and substitute it with a single value representing a positive force that wants to make excellent things happen.

Add up, similarly, all the bad, evil and officious hindrances all around and substitute it with a single value representing resistance, slowing things down to a halt.

 — Ian Tindale, Mar 30 2017

...and then do what with it?
 — 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 30 2017

Put it on the Halfbakery, apparently. Well, at least I got exposed to the theorem.
 — normzone, Mar 30 2017

Apparently, Thévenin died in 1926 of an acute accent.
 — MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 30 2017

That sounds grave, [MB], pas trop grave.
 — Sgt Teacup, Mar 30 2017

 Represent the three-dimensional spiritual integral as a single variable...

Can Mathematica do that, yet?
 — Cuit_au_Four, Mar 31 2017

OK so you get 1 value on a single axis of good and evil or do you get 2 variables one on a axis of good and one on a axis of evil. the former makes more sense the the description would indicate the latter.
 — dev45, Mar 31 2017

Dr. Pangloss would appreciate this! most things most of the time are going well. However there is a funny thing, it is kind of like opportunity cost: all the good things that could be happening at a particular moment that are not.
 — beanangel, Apr 01 2017

republicans vs democrats formula corollary ?
 — popbottle, Apr 01 2017

Wouldn't fractious evil be on the other side of the point?
 — wjt, Apr 02 2017

If resistance is evil, [Ian Tindale], how do the brakes on your car work? Or does your driving style incorporate the assumption that slower-moving road users are inadequate, out of touch and probably bourgeois?
 — pertinax, Apr 02 2017

I don't have a car. I never had, and never will. I don't drive, and have no idea how to.
 — Ian Tindale, Apr 02 2017

Resistance itself isn't evil, of course. Resistance against good is probably evil. In the same way, for example, a forward but not positive force against restraint would also not be good. You have to sort out which is which.
 — Ian Tindale, Apr 02 2017

[Ian] soon you won't even have to talk to the taxi driver.
 — wjt, Apr 03 2017

From the title I thought this was going to be an idea about the relative merits of different brands of milk for small babies.
 — hippo, Apr 03 2017

 //You have to sort out which is which//

OK - but doesn't this mean that your formula is no longer, um, formulaic?
 — pertinax, Apr 07 2017

Just call it "heuristic" and charge the client twice as much.
 — 8th of 7, Apr 07 2017

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