Amount: (n) a quantity of something, typically the total of a thing or things in number.
Amount does not exist.
For somewhere between kindergarten and adulthood, we forget how to count.
Everyone develops their own take on any given situation, and skews the numbers to prove their contention.
Unlike our experience in the fifth year of life, when seven pencils were placed in front of us and we faithfully reported the exact number, we now will either pad the stats or limit the possibility of our seven pencils.
It is difficult to get a straight answer.
If people favor a project or pursuit, they will embellish the number to make it seem more plausible.
If they think the idea sounds boring or ridiculous, they will play down the potential and make it seem futile to attempt the endeavor.
Yes, perhaps the greatest thing we can do in life is just learn to count again:
- If it’s seven pencils and we know we need ten, then we can honestly assess that we’re three short.
- If it’s seven pencils and we need five, we can generously donate two of our assets to others in need.
I don’t think the word “amount” actually exists in the adult world.
We’re just too busy advertising our opinions to simply offer an accurate assessment of what we have.
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