Sunday, May 16, 2021




The news, and the government, throw around the numbers billion and trillion as if they are talking about the cost of a new car: a two-trillion-dollar tax cut, a three trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, a two trillion-dollar covid relief package.


Compared to this, the world population of seven-billion doesn’t sound like so much.   And a million is chump chance to many people; the Jaguar C-X75 automobile cost $1.1 million.


Let’s put this in perspective:

If you took a stick and banged it on your kitchen table once-per-second, twenty-four hours a day non-stop; it would take you twelve days to bang out a million.


Banging out a billion would take you thirty-two years, and to bang out the population of the earth (seven-billion) would take two-hundred and twenty-four years.)


It would take thirty-two thousand years (32,000) to bang out one trillion, and that very likely exceeds way past the sell-by date our earth.


the Ol’Buzzard   



  1. Thanks for putting it in perspective!

  2. All those numbers give me a headache.

  3. Yes.... the conflagration of larger and larger numbers is mind-numbing (but not in a good way). At some point they begin to lose meaning a we then lose perspective.

    I wanted to mention that I too really enjoy Shakespeare. It has been a few years since I have purposefully read some of the works again... but in college, even though not any required part of my major, I ended up purposefully enrolling in three different English courses that ended up allowing me to read (and discuss) all of the known Shakespeare plays. It was great... and was a wonderful diversion away from JUST science classes.


  4. Council chambers quibble about $1000 items because they understand them. But a million dollar item gets passed quickly.


COMMENT: Ben Franklin said, "I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false."