Math+Life #22: Numbers of Fear and Hope

Cases = 276,462 

Critical = 7,433 

These numbers will make our hearts prickle in fear, like fire sourly crackling at our hope.

We will use the stinging lens of numbers to see the world.

Make our eyes water, blunt crystals falling down our face.

Each digit is just a number. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.

Ten harmless numbers causing distress.

Yes, in our lens, each trembling digit will be as painful as Death itself. 

Deaths yesterday = 10,217 

The number of millions of lives that will be endangered are just from ten numbers.

The ten numbers your kids sang about in kindergarten.

The ten numbers used to form the most complex equations of how far the moon is.

The ten numbers used to measure the length of your table.

Funny how those ten numbers are now used to measure Death. 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 

By the time you read this, the glowering numbers would have bloomed.

They’ll feel like hot pebbles in your mouth, unimaginable.

Overwhelming feelings will swirl around you because it never makes sense.

How could you look at the stone boiling numbers and feel for the fragile deaths.

Death is like snowflakes, glacial and dribbling down to the ground like honey.

It will make people feel like ice, and make them burn.

Death is so delicate, and it’s commuted through 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.

Deaths today = 11,417 

The harsh reality, not the plain numbers, is coming for you.

It’s going to make you cry, make your heart melt in fear, so for that you should make space.

Trust me, it seems like it now, but the truth is you’re not ahead in the race.

Recovered = 91,954

I know it hurts to think about, it really does.

But look around you, look at the support the world is giving.

Countries are uniting, doctors are staying late, communities are forming, awareness has reached everyone, solutions are launching.

Yes, it’s going to be difficult but we’re going to make it.

We are all a part of this planet, we all want safety, we all want protection for each other.

We all have hope. You’re not just you. You’re a part of us.

And being a part of us, means we’re going to overcome this.

We will fight till the end and help each other and work together until this is all over.

We’re going to be safe. We’re going to take care of each other.

We’re going to hope. We’re going to be each other’s flashlight in the darkness.

Then, if we do unite, I sincerely promise you, at the end of this tunnel, we’ll find the light.

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Math Connect

The recent pandemic of Covid-19 has caused a lot of panic. The only thing we can rely on, now that we think we are on our own, is numbers and statistics. We see all these numbers and they are the hard truth. Since we use numbers to do everyday activities it is often difficult to process the sensitivity and fragility of what these numbers really show. These numbers are going to hurt us if we don’t cope with them properly.  One thing we need to realize is that although we feel isolated and confused at the moment, we are never alone.

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