The Christian Science Monitor

We rely on numbers to tell us all sorts of things: how much or how little provision will come from our income; how many pounds away we are from "beauty"; how successful our business will be.

Obviously, we couldn't live in a practical way without numbers. Nonetheless, we don't need to live for them. Too often numbers become severe and demanding taskmasters. We anxiously watch them go up and down and then set about with toilsome effort to change them. But how often that turns out to be a wild-goose chase! By nature, mortal, materialistic thinking is never more than temporarily satisfied with anything. It always wants more of this and less of that. Haven't we all discovered this at some point, in relation to the numbers that turn up on the bathroom scale, in our checkbook, on the stock market?

Idol chatter
June 20, 1988

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