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Randomness, day three.

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 | No Comments

WEDNESDAY

Unfortunately, it was rainy today so I didn't get to play any soccer. I had a few interesting thoughts about my word today.

Although "one" might seem insignificant, there are many things that can be drastically affected by "one". For example, a scientific study or mathematical equation can be ruined if any of the values are off by only one. Furthermore, one single person can have a great impact on society, such as Thomas Edison or the leaders of various rights movements. Or perhaps you are missing one eye and lack any depth perception.



On the other hand, "one" can be insignificant or meaningless in certain situations. For example, if you are approximating something, your estimate does not have to be exact and therefore it does not matter if it is off by "one" or more. Or maybe you're voting on something and you feel that your one vote doesn't matter.

"One" and "won" often go hand in hand, because the winner is usually number one.

In binary, the language of computers, "one" is the designated value for when something is true. In this sense, it is better to think of it as a switch that can be turned on or off, rather than the actual number.

I think society has an obsession with "one". Perhaps this is due to the media or perhaps due to our primal instincts. Whether this is healthy or not, I do not know. After all, we are ourselves, individually, only one entity, so it makes sense that so much importance is placed upon "one". At the same time, those who can get past that and dedicate their selves to some greater cause are capable of achieving things that "one" could not possibly do alone. Even further, you could argue that people who do that are still representing "one" because the group as a whole is seeking to achieve the same goal or goals; in this case, the group is one entity.

Even if you think about numbers, it all boils down to one and zero. How is that possible? Consider the following: What is two? Two is one plus one. What is three? Three is one plus one plus one. Every number greater than one is just a counter for how many ones are contained within. I'm not going to consider negative numbers for now, I might get too abstract and turn into the universe or something.

Perhaps we could say that "one = unity"?

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