Does $100 cash sound like a lot of money to you? Perhaps not, when it doesn’t even buy a full weeks worth of groceries. Perhaps a thousand? It’s an amount you can picture, but still a pretty good chunk. What about 10 thousand? If you could get enough Franklins ($100 bills,) a stack of them almost 1/2″ high would give you $10 thousand.
Can you imagine a million dollars. That’s an awful lot of zeros, and you probably can’t really imagine that much as an amount, without really thinking it through. Let’s switch from money, to time. 2 weeks worth of seconds is a bit over a million. (1,209,600) That’s a LOT of seconds. A year is (about) 31 1/2 million seconds. 34 years worth will get us up to a billion seconds. (1, 069,286,400) So a billion seconds ago, perhaps you weren’t even alive. A lifetime of seconds, (for some of you – half a lifetime for a lifespan average,) and we have a billion. That’s ONE HUGE number.
Well, with all this talk about bailouts and stimulus for our economy, how about a trillion? My calculator gives me an error message when I try to compute it. It is not only to big for my brain to imagine. It is too big for my calculator to figure. So let’s just add some zeros. 340 years of seconds will get us up to 10 billion. Still quite a ways from a trillion. Add another zero. 3400 years worth of seconds – we’re talking roughly the time of King David. By the time you add another zero, you’re back to Eternity “past.” You don’t have to go quite to 34,000 years, because I’ve been rounding. A trillion is really “only” 31,688 years of seconds – give or take.
Would you like that in a different context? The speed of light is about 6 trillion miles a year, so 1 trillion would be about the distance light could travel in 2 months. No, your mind can’t even comprehend such.
How about in those dollars our government is talking about? Take a peek at what 1 trillion dollars looks like in $100 bills. Times that by 100 to think what it would look like in $1 bills. Or go the other way and see it in $1000 bills.
While you’re at it, take a peek at this on Obamanomics, where credit is thought to take the place of production. Good, simple econ lesson.
President Obama would have us believe that we can all spend the day relaxing in a tub while his printing press does all the work for us. The problem comes when you get out of the tub to go to dinner and the only thing on your plate is an IOU for steak.
Get future posts to this blog by email: