Why They Are Called Numb-ers
- Jul 6, 2018 11:53 pm GMT
Those of us who have learned the ability of numbers, properly deployed, to explain and illuminate have always had difficulty understanding where the name “numbers” came from.
All you need to do is attend a typical talk by a concerned, active, engaged but not especially informed person on almost any subject of collective importance.
Then you will see numbers being used to numb. So many million pieces of plastic in the Pacific. So many gallons of oil in the Gulf. So many trees saved. So many billion dollars saved. So many thousand jobs lost. Always without context, without weight, without comparison. Not meant to explain. Meant to numb.
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