David Ryan is a supply chain manager and owns a small business with his wife. He grew up in central Pennsylvania, is an Army veteran, and has an educational background in math and operations research. He is currently working to restore an old farmhouse and bring the homestead back to life.
Math is certainly not the best language for every situation, but it is essential for many situations. And once we understand this, and not merely acknowledge it but shift our paradigms to understand it as a very special method of communication, we can use math without fear.
The dominant lens through which our world views mathematics is undeniable. Yet as we careen down this path, we feel a dearth of important and weighty things in our life–community, relationship, connectedness, and alignment on how to approach the greatest tragedies of our day. Perhaps it is time to take a hard look at what we measure and calculate, what we optimize, what we expect from our math, and even in what regard we hold numbers.