“Finally, I am hitting the landmark with my 100th post”, I told myself while writing this. And at the same time, I had to remind myself this was post number 99. Yes, numbers don’t count yet it’s a measure that denotes how closer one is to the finishing line. And you know it! The about-to-finish-off stage ligers more than expected. Maybe, when we are just a step away from touching the finish line, we have already exhausted our energy and enthusiasm we had invested to be there.
Of course, to me, none of these sorts have happened reaching 100. It wasn’t a target so writing knows no destination (!). I don’t get along with figures yet 100 is a kind of figure someone would barley miss. So I planned to make it a special one and here was I talking about it just on post number 99. The about-to-finish-off stage appeared more intriguing than touching the finish line itself.
There are many things that go while reaching the target. About-to-finish-off greets us with an eclectic feeling of being closer to milestone and maybe, pushes our limits a bit. Remember your climbing expeditions? The incline gets stiffer at a finishing point. Those familiar with frequent weight loss regimes know it’s easy to shed first few kgs and it’s faster. The last few are always stubborn and time-consuming. Finishing touches of a portrait demand more creativity and time. Imagine a weight lifter who can easily manage 70 kgs and even 100 kgs with same ease. When limits are pushed at100 kgs, every kg beyond makes it heavier.
Ecommerce has made round figure a passe giving number 99 a magical touch. Everything priced 199, 299 appears cheaper than the 200 or the 300. The figure 99 seems to have redefined consumer psychology giving us the satisfaction of buying things ‘within our budget.’ So, a round figure does exceed our budget and still we know these are the mind games.
Mathematics is said to be the most artificial science in the world as it can derive perfect most results up to an extent that such perfection may not be possible real life. In statistics, there is a concept of skewness, where asymmetrical data is skewed to make it symmetrical.
Mathematics can be manipulated but not ‘art of living’. The more you try to manipulate, the more it goes out of control. Figures are deceptive. They denote the potential. What does a statistics of a great player indicate? Most certainly not the number of victories, but maybe the underlying spirit with which a sportsperson plays!
And why point out figures; even words decorated with figures of speech are equally deceptive. Something worth saying cannot be denoted by figures or put in words! Maybe, they just imply the countless joys and wordless experiences!
Maybe, the gap between two words or figures says it much more! So, words and figures are important as they give gaps.