We are nothing but statistics in society's eyes

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From the time we are born to the time we die, we are just another statistic in the eyes of society.
At birth our weight recorded, and we start off by being added on the birth rate statistic.
In school it is the score we achieve at exams that matter.
When we go out to work it is our income and assets that determine our worth to society.
When we get retrenched we just go into the number of other people who have to deal with unemployment.
When we succumb to diseases the hospitals record and publish it as another statistic.
When we die the doctor pronounces us dead and there is nothing left of us but a statistic.

Friends always include their babies' weight in their baby-birth announcements (I received one today from my primary school friend - Congrats! It's pretty amazing how a baby is formed from a tiny ovum and sperm). The weight means nothing to me. Before they know it, they would be announcing their children's grades, the universities they entered and the jobs they hold. These, too, mean nothing to me.

For births, all I would like to know is whether mother and child are doing well. The same applies to everything that after.

We are nothing but statistics in society's eyes because we allow it to be that way.

8 comments:

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Very interesting post, and very downbeat.

For large organizations, corporate, academic or governmental dealing with masses of individuals would allow nothing useful to be accomplished.

As individuals the details of the people important in our lives gives substance, indicates growth. Stats are the dry details of life. With stats how would we know what is normal for good health? Why would we worry about a person with a temp of 40C if we did not know it was not normal?

Love and friendship are intangibles, statistics cannot yet deal with such.

David

Anonymous said...

Yk,
Interesting, soon everyone will be tag like Arowanas and traceable. All you topics stats will be recorded. Like penis size, sex, orgasms, per week. Family trees. It might be interesting that when we return in future lives, we can also trace our former lives and lovers. Exciting. Life is good, keep doing it.
Kfr

Yu-Kym said...

David, although I believe in having some sort of guidelines for measurement, e.g. baby's weight and temperature to know whether the baby is doing well, I think much information and comparisons are unnecessary. E.g. if a friend says she's getting married, that's great. But if she adds that he's a millionaire, and tells me how much her ring costs, etc I find that information unnecessary.

Kfr, I think we are already traceable now - our transactions, purchases, working hours in the office, hours spent on the internet, travel/commuting patterns. Even if we paid for everything in cash, our identity numbers would still be recorded :(

Anonymous said...

Yu-Kym,

Is your tweet info on your latest workout for 15 mins necessary statistics? keke

curious cat

Yu-Kym said...

I think it's informative. Many people have the misconception that workouts need to be more than half an hour per session to be effective.

Anonymous said...

So Yu-Kym,

Why are the statistical examples you gave in your blog considered unnecessary or not useful to know and your info on your workout informative?

I would think most statistics (including your workout times) serve a useful purpose depending on how it is prepared and used for.

Why the double standards?

curious cat

Yu-Kym said...

There's a difference between solicited and unsolicited information. Anyone who comes to my blog is seeking the information that I write.

Anonymous said...

Yu-Kym

You say "anyone"?

I read your blog.. but I am not seeking information on how many minutes you work out and how many calories you burn....nor what you eat! lol

So how leh? lol

curious cat