Sunday February 19th 2012 Tim
ancients, I would guess, first put their minds to record keeping
as a means to make memory concrete. A shepherd with his fifteen
Goats out there on the savannah returned one day with ten Goats.
Fierce debate followed. Some might even have claimed the shepherd
had been given sixteen Goats to care for. Others, probably including the
young shepherd's mother, insisted that there only ever had been ten
Goats. The more observant, perhaps might have wondered what
had happened to their memory of a Red Goat who also had a missing ear.
An apparently wiser mind,
decided upon a mechanical system for determining Goat numbers. Each Goat was
in the future to be represented by a pebble, and again fierce debate
followed. Some Goats were more appreciated and well loved than other Goats,
each Goat needed its qualities represented more purely. A task which after
much tribulation, trials and errors, resulted in the written word.
Many thousands of years later, this confluence of number and language was
given the title Economics, and remains despite rumor, primarily an art form.