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For starters, people should at least try to master enough maths to be able to master their own personal finances. That most people chose to neglect to do so and instead gave 100% trust to their bank advisers might be one of the causes for recurring economic crisises(es).

Also while I can think of several jobs you might be able to conduct without knowing maths, performance in most of them could nevertheless improved a lot by knowing maths. I imagine running your own business without knowing maths is also a recipe for disaster, so by deciding against maths, you automatically settle for loan slavery for your life.

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