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Things I Know About Numbers...
Numbers get such a bad rap by people who don't understand them, or even fear them - it's like numerophobia, or something. I love numbers, and not because I'm particularly good with them, not at all, I have average to poor maths skills, but I really do like numbers.
People often say numbers don't MEAN anything, but these people also like to bandied about the term 'quantity versus quality', which to me, just shows they don't get the beauty of numbers.
One of the reasons I love numbers is that they are all about relationships! Each number is, itself, a static phenomenon. One is always one, under no circumstance does one ever become eight or five. Anywhere around the world throughout time, you can say 'one' and people know exactly what one is.
I love words, but the meaning of words change all the time 'gay' in 1911 didn't mean the same thing as it did in 1961, or what it means in 2011. Words mutate and take on different common meanings.
I like numbers. They stay the same, but they are constantly marking relationships. Take the number one, again; it can be the first, or the last, the whole or only a very small part of the whole. It can be the top rank, or the first rung...
And numbers can represent your personality, a pattern, the key to entering. They can be anonymous, or denote, very specifically, a person's position in a company or family.
Numbers don't judge, they merely impartially represent change. That something is growing or shrinking is neither intrinsically good or bad, it just 'is' to numbers.
Numbers intrigue me.
Numbers are fun.
Numbers are reliable accountants of change.
Numbers are stable.
Numbers are egalitarian and coperative.
I love them!
PS. Letters? Don't get me started on letters! Is there anything as obnoxious as an A, with all his 'I always need to be first and I don't need to work with other letters' - or smug little E, you just know she knows she's the most valuable letter in English literacy... Letters annoy me with their inconsistencies and their cliqueyness!