life is a sine curve

 jgreen (@andropar) 8 years, 8 months ago

Hi HEthens, after a shroom trip last friday, while coming down, I had a sudden realization (more like a visualization at that point): life is a sine curve.

I am not really sure how this could affect anyone positively or maybe could help someone in any way, but well, let me share the idea with you and see if someone gets anything out of it :).

Imagine a sine curve, starting at 0, going up to 1, going down to -1, back to 0, and so on. Thats the basic concept of your life, as the x-axis is time and the y-axis is your lifes quality. This means, your life MUST have its ups and downs, no matter what you do, no matter what happens in your life (lets take it as determined).

But the most important thing to know about this sine curve is its plasticity. It bends under the influence of your actions, but still underlies the simple rule that after an up there has to come a down, no matter what.

This means, that people that seem to live an extraordinarily good life also have their downs, but these downs are very short and flat, while the ups are stretched and steadily improved to remain as high as possible for as long as possible (maybe even for a lifetime). This might for example be realized by constant excercise, meditation, diet, thought watching, and so on.

Another thing to mention about the curve is its starting point. Depending on the wealth and health and circumstances and everything you’re born in the curve starts either at a high or a low life quality, lets call these qualitys A (high) and B (low). But the curve, and how person A and B experience their life, remains the same, so a high life quality for a B person is a low life quality for an A person.

Now how could this help anyone? It really is nothing more than a very limited model of how life works. But there atleast two points that might be worth pulling out of it:

After every down comes an up and you can shorten your down by working hard on yourself, it is determined that the up will come, no matter what.

You don’t need material wealth to be happy, because the poor can be happy too without money (compare curves A and B).

In my opinion you could explain literally every self-improvement-guide/tip/advice with this model (if you take it for granted).

Any thoughts on this? Is it something worth thinking about or just useless shit that I stumbled upon while cruising through space and time? Let me hear your opinions :)

February 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm
Kidd (1,059) (@kidd) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Well, I’m bad at math.

But, I do agree life has its up and downs and that happiness is subjective and varies when you put in different values. :)

I just..don’t understand math. So…I’m probably missing a big chunk of the picture, haha!

Karsten (0) (@kgladiator) 8 years, 8 months ago ago


I’m glad you shared this perspective with us. For I love math and sure love this idea!

Here’s a model of a sine wave that I’ll refer to: A*sin(w*t+p)

I see it also applying to the potential and stability of people’s lives. I remember a quote that applies here it says something like “your joy and sorrow come are pooled from the same source.” So applying this to your sine wave, we can say that the height or amplitude “A” of a person’s life wave is the size of this potential pool. Which shows that people who have the potential to be ecstatically happy, also have the potential to be down in the dumps sad. It all depends on what point of the curve you are at.

Now for the stability- how often people go from being happy to sad. The stability of a person’s life is analogous to the frequency “w” of the sine wave, where those with a higher frequency have quicker changing moods and those with a more stable mood have a lower frequency. There must be some range of variation that we can call acceptable human behavior and for those out of the range on the high end we may describe them as being bipolar or have mood swings. As for the low end we can describe these people as stagnant, or perhaps steadfast.

Now there is one last parameter to discuss the phase, p. I think this just accounts for the fact that you are on your own cycle. Everyone is at their own specific part of the curve of their life.

How does this apply? I think that when you meet someone you start to learn what these parameters about them. First the amplitude “A”. How outgoing and wild the person is or how quiet and calm he or she is.
As you spend more time with a person you realize their frequency, how often do they like to be wild and outgoing. Do they have a period that is a day(go out for a day, stay in a day), a week, a month, 3 months or something else?
The final thing you learn is what phase “p” the person is on, where are they at on their life curve.

Seeing how its valentine’s day this works out perfectly!
I think two people are right for each other when the parameters are close but not exactly aligned for the two people. With the amplitude their can a considerable difference, especially if they balance each other out well so that the addition of the two waves is closer to the universal wave(A=1, w=2*pi,p=0). The universal wave perhaps was created by god to be the goal.

The frequencies of each individual are more restricted, the closer they are to each other the better and perhaps the closer they are to the universal the better.

The phase of each person may be different, as long as they are opposite but equal. That way if two people are “completely out of phase” with one another they balance each other out perfectly and their sum becomes a straight line, granted that their frequencies and amplitudes are also equal.

Thoughts, comments welcome :)

Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@andropar, Good theory, I think that it is possible that our moods or emotions work on a principle like this, but our situational experiences are a variable in that equation. If you are on a high point and a “bad” experience occurs, you may well handle it better than if you happened to be at a low point in the wave. If it is true then it may have applications in psychology.

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