The Law of Diminishing Returns

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If love was a pure science, what formulae could we apply to it?

Submitted: January 09, 2012

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The Law of Diminishing Returns

“The problem with love”, he said

“Is that I never seem to get out of it

As much as I put in.

It’s what economists call

The Law of Diminishing Returns.

When inputs far outweigh outputs

Your business is no longer viable.”

“So, are you saying that love

Needs a better business model.

Is that it?” I replied. “But how do we

Attain greater efficiency,

Ceteris parabus,

From our romantic endeavours?

Perhaps we could apply for subsidies

To maintain moribund relationships.

And by extension of that logic

Beg for love on the streets

When we find ourselves lonely

And loveless. Or perhaps establish

Charities for the single and forlorn.

I can envisage the signs:

‘I need love. Please give generously.’

Or are the rules of love

Merely governed by supply and demand? ”

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m not

An economist. I’m just a poet.”

And there lies the problem,

I thought.


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