It’s the crudeness: As if more numbers of people were even a credible unit of analysis, full stop, for policy or management. As if complex could be abbreviated that simply.
Not a scintilla of recognition:
- that perceptions and management of policies differ, at least, by a person’s age, education, income, gender, and ethnicity;
- that not-knowing, difficulty and inexperience with respect to these numbers and to perceptions, at the very least, set disciplines, fields and ways of being apart from each other;
- that what stops further polarization of disciplines, fields and ways of being are not fewer numbers but the not-knowing, difficulty, and inexperience; and
- that when the numbers do polarize, fear becomes a solipsism, believing itself to be an anti-politics machine.
Recourse to numbers on their own is the Olympian capacity to deoxygenate all living matters.