I was raised to believe that three plus four equals seven. And even six plus one, and two plus five. As I got older and studied more, it became clear to me that not only did twenty-eight divided by four equal seven, but I was amazed at the depth of my understanding when I learned that seventy divided by ten equals seven, and even more so that two hundred and eighty-one point four divided by forty point two equals, you guessed it, seven!
Then I met a man, an erudite man, an articulate man. He told me that seven was equal to one plus thirty. He told me that sometimes three plus three equals seven, and in some parts of the world, if you wear robes and hum, even negative ten times two equals seven. After all, all roads lead to seven.
He was very convincing, and I could see…
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