Numbers play a vital role in our day-to-day lives.
From the day we make our appearance known, right down to the minute, we enter into the visible and invisible realm of numbers.
Before we can count, it is being done for us. The date and time of our birth is recorded. We are whisked off to check vital statistics. Our length is measured, our weight is recorded and we are given an APGAR score.
Two eyes, check! Ten toes, yes! Ten fingers, great!
Later on in life, we learn to not only count on our fingers, but we learn to number our friends. We are very blessed if we have a handful of best friends we can count on.
Numbers Are Everywhere
Numbers permeate every area of life. There isn’t anything that does not involve them; everything from the microcosm to the macrocosm, and everything in between. They even encompasses The Secret of Life, which I will discuss below.
Even the hairs on our head are numbered. (Matthew 10:30)
We use numbers to:
- add, subtract, multiply and divide.
- chart progress and productivity.
- detect patterns.
- entice customers. Today only… two for one.
- find out the truth, to obtain proof. Deductive reasoning tells when the numbers don’t add up.
- keep track of time, to schedule appointments. Is the train late?
- measure area, distance, growth, intelligence, sizes of population, time, volume, and weight.
- provide excellence in service.
- record important events.
- report a crime. How many were involved? How long ago did this happen? How tall? What weight? Did you get a license number?
- solve problems. How much do they cost? How many are needed?
We could do none of these things without numbers.
Curious, Fascinating Numbers and The Secret Of Life
Some cultures treat numbers with a certain reverence; that they are lucky and control destiny.
Such is the popularity of such things as Fung Shui, horse races, and lottery tickets.
Some people treat numbers with superstition. A good example of this is the number thirteen.
Some think it is good luck, and others a curse.
The number sixteen is interesting. In the Old Testament, there were sixteen prophets.
In the New Testament, you will find sixteen apostles and evangelists.
The number 153 is also a curiosity. If you cube each number, it returns to itself.
1 + 125 + 27 = 153
The Beauty, Goodness & Truth of Numbers
There is a purity to numbers. They are the voice of truth. They never lie, even if they get fudged.
To date, no one has been able to figure out the determinant pattern of prime numbers.
Prime numbers are positive, non-zero numbers that have just two factors; the number one and the number itself.
They certainly have held my imagination captive for many years now. I have written high-level encryption programs, and others involving prime numbers. One such program treats prime numbers as linguistic elements.
Here is an example:
The phrase, “The Secret of Life” consists of eleven elements, each of which is a prime number.
When the elements are joined together, they produce six hundred eleven thousand nine hundred fifty one.
This is also a prime number. to see for yourself, check here.
But wait! Aren’t these eleven elements more than two factors?
No. The elements are added, whereas factors are multiplied.
In providing one more example, The Secret Of Life shows up in a different way.
The gathering of the eleven elements is a picture of unity in diversity.
Collectively, they are equally important.
For example, is it possible that three can be one? …. or any number of things be one?
When you add them together, one plus one plus one equals three.
But, when you multiply them, one times one times any number of ones will always equal one.
Perhaps, one day, the poet-philosophers will write about the day that humanity became one.
Teach Us To Number Our Days
The Bible says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
When we are small, naïve, and our life experience matches our size, the number of our days
seems infinitely large. We have a small number of memories, and a lifetime to unearth beauty.
When we are older, wiser, and perhaps becoming small again, the number of our days seems to be
in short supply. The brevity of life looms larger. We have many memories, some which are buried and long forgotten.
If we are wise, we also learn to make the most of our days.
You Have A Voice… Let’s Hear It
Do you have a favorite number?
Do you enjoy the elegance and beauty of numbers?
Please contribute you thoughts here.
I appreciate each and every one. Thank you kindly! 🙂