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After it gets to a certain point, we lose comprehension of the vastness, and the vast difference between, a million and a billion. You can comprehend a million easily enough. Hmm, if I’m one of those lucky souls making $100,000 annually, then a million is 10 years worth of salary.

Now think in terms of billions: one billion equals 1,000 millions. That’s a lot of millions! Take it a step further and try to imagine a trillion (like the $3.2 trillion national deficit). A trillion is 1,000 billions. I’ll stop there, because I think we all get the point. These kinds of numbers boggle the mind, and when it becomes particularly uncomfortable thinking about them, we do a mental block-out.

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