Numbers are powerful things. Â They allow for you to compare things easily, and talk about how something is a specific amount more than something else. Â We use them all over the place. Â To keep track of how much we earn and spend. Â To keep track of the days, hours, minutes, and seconds of our lives. Â We measure how much people know or have learned using GPAs and test scores. Â We can even talk about how strong or fast one person is compared to another using them.
I was over at a friends house a few weeks ago. Â He told me that he stopped counting. Â Stopped counting! Â What does it mean? Â And why would you do it? Â He says that he has tried to stop using numbers in his daily life as much as possible. Â Just live life. Â He might be on to something.
EveryÂ experience a person might have has been packaged up,Â quantitatized, and monatized. Â Rather it be from having a pleasant meal, to entertainment, even to have someone take that personal touch and listen to you. Â All of it can be bought, sold, and traded like so many thing a bobs.
And it become infectious. Â Now instead of just enjoying the vegetables from our gardens we start to think about how much these would have cost at the grocery store. Â Instead of enjoying that meal made by our loved ones, we calculate how much better and cheaper it was than getting it from a restaurant.
Even a blog like this. Â Perhaps it would be best to have only one person read this that I could connect with. Â Instead of having hundreds of strangers that I will never interact with on any meaningful way.
Numbers are a powerful tool. Â Like any tool, they should be use with great care.