According to Wikipedia, this is the formula for the evil god Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation, currently menacing DC comics:

“loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + self-worth ÷ mockery ÷ condemnation ÷ misunderstanding x guilt x shame x failure x judgment n=y where y=hope and n=folly, love=lies, life=death, self=dark side”

Now, I may not know much about maths, let alone the higher-dimensional equations of the Fifth World – but I have to ask myself – is this actually an equation? Even if you put “Anti-Life =” at the start? Well, surely not. It’s an equation followed by a proposition and then some statements which I guess the equation will help prove…? Mathematicians? Help me out?

What I DO know is that the main equation bit also needs some BRACKETS! Every good equation should have brackets. This would seem to make more sense:

“Anti-Life = (loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + (((self-worth ÷ mockery) ÷ condemnation) ÷ misunderstanding)) x guilt x shame x failure x judgment”

Poor old self-worth! Long-term students of music and FT will also notice that this is the definition of emo we’ve been struggling for.

I think it’s according to Professor Morrison himself! I think the crucial thing is his separation of the constituents into things that divide, things that add, and things that multiply. I think he’s expressing (name of term forgotten) where (fear + despair) * shame = (fear * shame) + (despair * shame).

distributivity?

(((self-worth/mockery)/condemnation)/misunderstanding)

= self-worth/(mockery x condemnation x misunderstanding)

and it seems to me that if you MULTIPLY that fraction by (guilt x shame x failure x judgment) there’s got to be SOME kind of cancellation happen surely… ?

is n a subscript or a power?

Yes, surely some of these concepts are vectors by their very nature. I would have though that mockery would be some sort of factor of failure : perhaps failure x publicity.

But a low self worth would clearly end up with a low Anti-Life – though of could here the subject is Dark Side (Darkseid) so difficult to work out if that is good or bad.

It’s more fun than Jim Starlin’s version where, to the complete non-surprise of all those familiar with his work, the anti-life equation turned out to be #24723783 in a series of embodiments of death.

“Anti-Life = (loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + (((self-worth ÷ mockery) ÷ condemnation) ÷ misunderstanding)) x guilt x shame x failure x judgment n=y where y=hope and n=folly, love=lies, life=death, self=darkseid”

your self-worth is divided by mockery, that is, your self-worth is split up and made smaller by mockery. then whats left of your self-worth after being split by mockery is then divided (split up, made smaller ) by condemnation. then whats left of your self-worth is then divided by misunderstanding. now your self-worth is in pieces a fraction of what it originally was. that is to say, you feel bad about yourself. negative if you will. now that negative self worth is multiplied by guilt,shame, failure, and judgment. you feel real bad. Now add loneliness, alienation, fear, and despair. for extra measure, hope is folly, it lacks of sense/ is foolish. love is lies, life is equivalent to death. that is the mathematical proof that living is futile. Finally, self = darkseid makes one give thier free will to darkseid.