Numbers are utterly annoying in their chronic demand for precision.
One would think that with googolplex possibilities, there would be a loosening of the ridiculous accuracy required of math. Does it not seem a bit unrealistic to demand such exactitude for every single answer when the possibilities are literally infinite?
Am I missing something here?
A little gray area, a smidgen of latitude, or a range of acceptability certainly seems reasonable.
Who knows? It might even result in more people liking math.
Since numbers are basically so irritating, I thought that I would provide some tips for trying to like them a bit more. This is not easy to do, because half of them are odd, which is in-and-of- itself a problem. Odd numbers are cliquey, exclusionary, and snobbish. They leave others out and always have – that’s just the way they are. Prime numbers are even worse. They are completely anti-social and actually downright rude. Don’t even try – they snub even the most gracious efforts and are completely un-accomodating.
Even numbers – although unceasingly rigid (not surprising) – tend to be a bit more welcoming and inclusive. Take your basic 8, for example. Even looking at it, you know it’s a jolly dude.
As for specific numbers? Well, they are relegated to personal preference; you’ll have to decide how you feel about them on your own. If you try hard enough, you can often find something good about most of them, believe it or not. The trick is to associate them with something you love. You’d be surprised at how much less intimidating they are when you look at them that way.
Here are my “Helpful Positive Number Associations” from one to ten:
1 is our dog Ollie.
2 is my husband and me.
3 is our children – two boys and a girl.
4 is our fruit trees – two apples and two plums.
5 is our family, all under this one roof.
6 is my five siblings and me.
7 times around the sun for my second graders.
8 is my family growing up – two parents and six kids.
9 steps up to the bedrooms
10 months in a school year.
Not so bad, right?
Sure, numbers will always be inflexible and set in their ways. They will continue to be uber-demanding and super picky about
“There is only ONE right answer! Blah. Blah. Blah,”
“Close enough only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Yadda, yadda, yadda.”
But if you try really hard, well – who knows?
You might just find a number to love.