Monday, November 06, 2006

Four men in business shirts and ties and suit pants sit down at an outside table in the Financial District. One says, "Let's talk about the numbers." They look serious as the beautiful day wafts around them.

Would it be useful to have one word for the things not included in the numbers? The beauty of a beautiful day, for example, the sound of a happy child playing a singing nearby and the events in life that have kept that child capable of being happy, the largely unnecessary beauty of colors, lots of things.

"Let's talk about the not-numbers." Someone in a group sitting down says that, and then what is said?