Principles in mathematics and electricity can help a rocky marrige

July 31, 2014
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By Jasbir T. Singh |

In one of my previous posts I explained how the ionic bond between one sodium atom and one chlorine atom is akin to the bond between a man and a woman, or more precisely between husband and wife.

This time I would like to suggest that a smooth marriage can be achieved with a basic understanding of electrical logic gates and mathematical truth tables. I know it sounds strange and geeky, but please bear with me. I think there really could be some "truth" to this.

In a marriage important decisions have to be made all the time, whether it be about where you are going to live, what house you are going to buy, what colour to paint the walls, where your children will go to school, etc. These decisions may not sound too serious, but over time, if important life decisions aren't made with proper consideration of your spouse, things may get unpleasant. I can attest to a few moments in my own marriage where I probably should have had a conversation with my wife before acting. 

I'm not a marriage counsellor, but I think that if you are newly married, or if your marriage is on the rocky side, then this principle in electricity and mathematics could help you. It's called the XNOR gate with its corresponding mathematical truth table. 

XNOR gate

The image shown on the left is a graphical representation of an Exclusive-Not-OR gate (XNOR) in an integrated circuit. It is also known as logical equality. There are two inputs (A and B), and there is one output (Q).

Mathematical truth table for XNOR gate

The XNOR (logical equality) truth table on the right shows that both inputs have to be either '0' or '1' for the output (Q) to be 1. If either input A or input B are '0', then output Q will be '0'.

In an integrated circuit with a light bulb, this means that the light bulb will go 'on' if input 'A' and input 'B' are both set to 'high' voltage, or both set to 'low' or 'ground'.

Truth table in marriage

So what does all this have to do with marriage? Well, if you follow the logic of the XNOR gate just presented, it means that the only way to achieve agreement on any issue in a marriage is if both husband and wife offer the same input. In other words, if they both say 'no' to something, then they are in agreement, and if they both say 'yes', then they are also in agreement, which means no quarrelling!

I find it very interesting that when an integrated circuit contains an XNOR gate, it produces the same logic required for happy marriages. My wife and I follow the XNOR gate system in our marriage. In any situation, if one person says 'no' to something, then it has the power of a veto. For example, the other day I wanted to go for a jog even though the forecast called for thunder and rain. It hadn't started yet, so I thought it would be perfect timing to go for a jog. Rain wouldn't stop me before when I was single. However, my wife actually has a strong fear that I could get struck by lightning, so she told me not to go. At that moment, I was faced with a choice. I could have decided to go jogging anyway, thereby upsetting my wife, but then I remembered the truth table for XNOR gates. I decided not to go jogging, and although my inconvenience was relatively minor, it really made my wife happy that I listened to her.

I see this as an example of deferring to one's spouse for the good of the relationship. Both small and large sacrifices have to be made in a marriage to make it work. The better both spouses are at sacrificing, the happier and smoother their marriage will be. Essentially, there is no room for selfishness in a marriage. It's all about giving, and while both spouses are giving of themselves and not being selfish, both of them receive as well.

For a smooth marriage, stick to the principle of the XNOR gate!


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