One Plus One Equals Two
1 plus 1 equals “2” – even kids know how to solve this math question.
Nonetheless, if we see it as a love formula, in an attempt to master the calculation of this number “2” and to build an ideal world for two, it would be no easy task.
Stan and Kathleen, a romantic couple who has dated for 5 years, see each other almost every day ever since they first met and fell head over heels in love. They always show their affection publicly as they are so lovestruck. For them, the number “2” means to stay together in pair and to live happily ever after. They believe truly that fairy tale love stories can be found in real life. What is interesting is that, the two are a couple, but also have a superior/subordinate relationship, working for marine conservation in the same organisation. The pair gets off from work together every day, and always goes scuba diving together. The more time they spend together, the more they understand each other, but conflicts also arise more often. The double relationship makes them closer. Stan and Kathleen have been looking for true love, thinking that they have to cherish when they have found the right person. The two believe in marriage, regarding a marriage certificate as both commitments and responsibilities. For the newlyweds Stan and Kathleen, the number “2” represents the beginning of a whole new world for two.
The experience of another pair, Rex and Sarah, is like another fairy tale story. In 2015, Rex and Sarah gave up their high-paying jobs and opted for “naked resignation” to pursue their dreams. They went on backpack travelling on a low budget. In their 364-day journey, they had travelled to 38 countries and hitchhiked on 137 cars. Each of them spent HKD $80,000. Not only did this unfettered trip give them some extraordinary life experiences, but also let them accommodate with each other, so that they could walk further in the journey of life together. Having travelled around the globe and appreciated beautiful sceneries of all kinds, the couple made the decision to stay in Cheung Chau two years ago. They live on a boat, leading their dream life. Having dated for 6 years, the two still do not have a plan to tie the knot. For them, the number “2” means they live joyfully, wonderfully and comfortably every single day.
According to the statistics of the Census and Statistics Department, there has been an increasing tendency towards marriage postponement or non-marriage in both genders in recent years. However, to the majority of Hongkongers, love stories are still fascinating. In reality, a world for two can be romantic but also bland. When two persons come together, 1 plus 1 does not only equal “2”. It can be a greater and a more splendid world. Perhaps, it is already a pretty wonderful life with the company of your other half to see more of the world throughout your life journey.