The thing upon which we keep our tallies: a concrete thing, as in sports, or an abstract concept. Sometimes it gets out of hand. Does the box office receipts scoreboard tell you much about movies? Does the incessant polling during an election&cycle get us anywhere? Is my Grand Cherokee a true indicator of my quality of life? Does it mean I've "won" if you're only driving a Ford Aspire? What do you do once you're finished admiring the number of notches on your gun? Chase after more?

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