So, we also have the phenomenon zero. For us, it is self-evident, but who knows that this 'number' only entered the European world around the year 1000? Before that there was no symbol for 'nothing'.
Today, we are bombarded with numbers. Rudolf Steiner also pointed out that the human being cannot overlook so much. Below ten, a little bit more, we have the overview, but then the overview fails and the number becomes an abstract multitude or magnitude. Then we need relationships to be able to interpret. If you say 1650 km, then you do not have much. But if you say: that is the distance Amsterdam-Rome ... Then it becomes understandable, gains importance. That is self-evident, you need a relationship. The number is relative. When the Euro didn't exist yet, in Italy you were already a millionaire very quickly, in Germany you had to be much richer and in England, you had to have a lot of money — all relative.
This self-evident knowledge now seems to have been gotten rid of. One simply throws out the numbers, day after day, preferably death figures, and does not give any relations. Yes, relationship to death, and relationship to the country. Hesitantly also relationship to age, but preferably not that. That's how relations and proportions are lost. A thousand is a lot. Twenty thousand is a lot more. And if the word death is associated with it, it's horrible.
Who died? Died on Corona, or Covid-19. Actually, only that needs to be counted who are those who wouldn't have died without Covid-19. But now the reverse is the case, by counting all those who could be suspected or were found to have Covid-19. In the German Corona critique one hears now: It is not being differentiated in 'died of Corona', and 'died with Corona'. If someone dies from an accident, and he had Corona too, then he is a Corona-deceased.
But now some numbers, so that relations become clear. These are figures for the Netherlands, with now 17.28 million inhabitants. These are the death figures for 2018.Died of cardiovascular diseases: 37,769 deaths in one year.
Died of cancer: 44,739 deaths in one year.
Died of influenza: about 9444 (slightly less, week 51 and 52 of 2017 are included). It was a serious flu epidemic. In 2018/2019 it was about 2900.
Died of chronic respiratory disease: 6800 deaths.
Died of traffic accidents: 678 deaths. The newspaper reported: 1.3 million people died in traffic worldwide. This is also an example of the fact that ratios are important to know what the number means. In the Netherlands, that means 678.
Died by euthanasia: 4400 deaths.
In 2020, the deaths attributed to Corona in the Netherlands are: on 3 May 4987 deaths.
What will the other figures be in 2020? The same? More, less? What are the ratios then?
What are the protective measures against cancer and heart disease? Surely it was so important to walk a lot to prevent heart disease? Now everyone is sitting at home as much as possible. And what do these measures do in triggering cancer? Do we know?
What do we actually know?
Around 82,000 people die in one year from cancer and cardiovascular diseases in the Netherlands, compared with 4987 corona deaths so far. What are these proportions? That one could be infected by corona and the other diseases are one's own fault? 4400 people wanted to die themselves (euthanasia), doesn't it matter that they die because it was their own wish? Or what? What do numbers mean? I just ask.
The number by Mieke Mosmuller