.. a number is a mathematical object used in counting and measuring. A notational symbol which represents a number is called a numeral, but in common usage the word number is used for both the abstract object and the symbol, as well as for the word for the number. In addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels (telephone numbers), for ordering (serial numbers), and for codes (ISBNs). In mathematics, the definition of number has been extended over the years to include such numbers as 0, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and complex numbers..
..via Wikipedia ..
.. it is speculated that the first known use of numbers dates back to around 35,000 BC.. bones and other artifacts have been discovered with marks cut into them which many consider to be tally marks.. the uses of these tally marks may have been for counting elapsed time, such as numbers of days, or keeping records of quantities, such as of animals..
.. tallying systems have no concept of place-value (such as in the currently used decimal notation), which limit its representation of large numbers and as such is often considered that this is the first kind of abstract system that would be used, and could be considered a Numeral System..
.. the first known system with place-value was the Mesopotamian base 60 system (ca. 3400 BC) and the earliest known base 10 system dates to 3100 BC in Egypt..
.. but how do we establish the value of numbers?.. well, that’s simple.. the number is as powerful or valuable as the object it represents or is associated with.. so, basically, numbers are tools or methods of aid in establishing the value of an object.. the cumulative value of objects represents the total value of assets.. and the value of assets represent the value of a man.. or woman.. does that surprise you?!?.. not me..
.. it’s become obvious for a long while now that every man has its value, thus its price.. and our capabilities, personal standards or knowledge seem to fade away in the face of the almighty dollar.. but i’m curious as to how did this obsession for quantification come around..
.. i guess the most obvious answer is.. time..
.. at the dawn of mankind, while we were all scratchin’ our asses and smelling as pigs, none of us knew the notion of “possession”.. therefore, only one thing, one force that governed our lives, day by day.. time.. as soon as we realized that, we struggled to determine a way to approximate or measure time, and its passing – as a method of optimizing the use of time for better survival results.. but his is only the beginning.. time is responsible for everything.. bee it good or bad, it’s not Eve’s fault for the destruction of the world and its Paradise.. time is..
.. think about it.. once the notion if time was clear, the need of numbers appeared.. the need of instruments to measure it with the aid of numbers.. astronomy appeared as a mean of orientation, and later as a science.. at which point, numbers were needed for methods of computation.. once the idea of computation appeared, the idea that everything around us could be explained by mathematical methods, everything “exploded”, and things got out of hand.. is that too powerful to visualize?..
.. yes, things got out of hand.. objects and their numbers started to decide life expectancy and value of human life.. weapons and their numbers gave power and took power.. physical values obstructed the vision of time and its powers – while aware of its inevitable demise and powerless actions in the face of time, humankind ignored its existence – all of this, while our species evolved – or passed, either way – through time.. can anyone see the irony?..
.. you can’t do anything without time.. that’s why every dying man accepts the value of time, and transforms it into a currency, which – although expensive – is worth every penny.. so, time is as valuable as it passes, because little remains.. just as any other resource.. although, theoretically, time is not a resource, because it is inexhaustible – relative, but that’s another discussion and topic..
.. while we pass through time, making as best use of it as we can, we deny its value and consider it a freebie.. so, as i said.. time is the currency.. everything takes time.. how much time?.. that’s up to the numbers..
.. how impotant is time?.. what is more important than time, and why?.. that’s up to you..