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Definitions of “Fortune/Luck” and “Money”, and the New Century

May 1, 2012

Fortune, Luck and Money

On one of my pages, I mention the concept of “fortune” or “luck” (which many Christians would oppose, insisting God is directly “controlling” everything in the world). I then came up with the following definition:

“Fortune, or ‘luck’; I would define as ‘an unknown principle of a
disposition of a situation to a particular outcome especially to
benefit or to adversity that is out of control of the person
involved’
; (rather than any magical or mystical meaning commonly
associated with the words). The emphasis is on ‘unknown’ and ‘out of
control of the person’. Whatever exactly, or directly causes things,
even if it is God; no one can deny that much of the circumstances of
life fit this description, from our perspective.”

Later, in a debate with someone questioning my “introverted thinking” cognitive preference, the rhetorical question of “what is money” came up! I quickly responded:

What we call money is a “symbol or representation of wealth” used
for the purpose of “trading
. Notice, ever dollar bill is called
a “NOTE”. It is a reminder that it represents something, and you give
it to a person in exchange for something else, a product or a
service. Along with these “notes”, you also have metal coins, and
before those, material such as gold was used, and even before then,
goods themselves were what were traded. It was easier to come up with
these coins and notes to represent material value.

When did the new century/millenium begin?

Now several years too late is an explantion I thought of, of the question of when the millenium and new century began.
The distinction is one of cardinal vs ordinal. Cardinally, 2000 began the set of “2000’s” (with the counting numbers of zero, one, two, etc); and hence was the first year of the new millennium. But ordinally (which begins with “first”, not zero, and then continues “second”, “third”, etc), it closed out the 20th century (which encompassed most of the 1900’s series years). The problem is that years themselves are cardinal, but centuries are ordinal. So the “hundreds” series do not line up with the century numbers, except for the one year which is the multiple of 100, which starts the cardinal series, and ends the ordinal century.

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