243: A Memorable Fancy – VI22 July, 2011
What is your account number? they ask. But it’s not my number, it’s yours; I have a name. Why is a number not as good as a name? We have rich association with names of bare sequence — Louis XIV, 5th Avenue, Cinco de Mayo, K Street. So why are we complaining about it, about being just a number. It isn’t ‘just’ a number; it’s your number, buddy. Get over it.
The breakthrough will occur when people start to address each other by number rather than name. Already it’s a joke. And the jokes are numbered, too.