## Twelve …

Sunday, a friend posted a video on Facebook offering *Twelve Tough Truths About Life No One Wants to Admit*. To me, it seemed to pretty much summarize how I’d like to live my life. Here it is, in case you are interested.

*Hmm*, my Inner Mystic thought as we watched it. *There’s that number again. Twelve truths. Twelve Steps. Twelve apostles. Twelve days of Christmas. Twelve months in a year. I wonder if there’s any numerological significance to the number twelve.*

I Googled the number Twelve while my Inner Mathematician muttered, *Numerology? You have to be kidding.* On Wikipedia, I discovered that twelve is a sublime number.* *

*See?* my Inner Mystic said.

*Read on*, said my Inner Mathematician. A sublime number is one that has a perfect number of divisors, and the sum of its divisors is also a perfect number, Wikipedia continued. *See, its math not numerology*, my Inner Mathematician gloated.

My Inner Mystic, less arrogant than my Inner Mathematician and always interested in learning something asked, *So, What’s a perfect number? *

*T**hat’s easy*, My Inner Mathematician said, sneaking a peek at Wikipedia. *In number theory, a perfect number is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors, that is, the sum of its positive divisors excluding the number itself. *

*Huh? *said my Inner Mystic.

*Let me show you,* My Inner Mathematician said, happy to be the expert. *The number 6 has the proper positive divisors 1,2, and 3. The sum 1+2+3 is 6, so 6 is a perfect number. Got it?*

*So far, *said my Inner Mystic.

*Now*, said my Inner Mathematician, *12 has 6 divisors 1,2,3,4,6 and 12 and 1+2+3+4+6+12 = 28. Since the proper positive divisors of 28 are 1,2,4,7 and 14 and 1+2+4+7+14=28, 28 is also a perfect number. That’s what makes 12 a sublime number.*

*OK*, said my Inner Mystic, sounding disappointed. *That doesn’t sound sublime to me. *

My Inner Mathematician continued. *This will blow your mind. There are only 2 known sublime numbers, 12 and **6086555670238378989670371734243169622657830773351885970528324860512791691264*.

*That’s cool, I admit*, said my Inner Mystic, thinking to himself, *and rather useless*. *But it doesn’t explain why the number 12 shows up in so many important places. Did you know that the number 12 appears 187 places in the Bible?*

*No, I didn’t know that,* my Inner Mathematician replied. *It’s used 121,230 times in the Orange County Phone Book. So what? Are you going to worship the phone company?*

*Don’t you ever wonder about things?* my Inner Mystic said. *About things that can’t be explained?*

*I wonder what you do around here*, my Inner Mathematician said, laughing. *Every day, Oldereyes uses me in his work.*

*I keep life from being boring*, my Inner Mystic said. * I give him a sense of wonder, a sense of awe. I remind him that there’s more to the world than things. He uses me every day to find a purpose in life.*

My Inner Mathematician scratched his head. *I don’t get it*, he said.

*That’s OK,* my Inner Mystic said. *I didn’t understand all that number stuff either. But it was interesting talking to you. See you around.*

*Yeah, later*, my Inner Mathematician answered. *I gotta go solve a differential equation.*

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