Randoms, Young Adult Life

Quantity vs. Quality: a Question of Ethics

Hello, I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday! Today I want to talk about quantity versus quality. Have you heard the debate before? It’s a big question—even if it’s not incredibly vital—and I’d love to explore it with you today! Oh, sorry, what was that? What do those two q-words mean, you inquire? And why do they matter at all? I’m glad you asked! 😉

What Do “Quantity (Qty)” and “Quality (Qlty)” Mean?

Quantity concerns the number and/or magnitude of a product, service, or other.

Synonyms: amount; total. Used in a sentence: He was shocked by the great quantity of sand on the seashore.

Quality concerns the state of a product, service, or other. If you purchase a brand-new shirt, but it comes with holes and stains, the quality is really low. If the fabric is perfect, it looks just right, and it’s durable, the quality is really high.

Synonyms: state; standard. Used in a sentence: She slammed the door of her car as she turned the ignition. Feeling like she was going to throw up, she pressed down on the pedal hard. That restaurant served the poorest quality sub-sandwiches ever.

What’s the Difference Between the Two?

The biggest comparison I can think of between quantity versus quality is McDonald’s versus Culver’s (you had to bring up the restaurant rivalry, didn’t you, Danny-boy?). Side Note: Another very similar comparison is KFC vs. Chick-Fil-A.

McDonald’s is HUGE. There are around 35,000 McDonald’s sites worldwide, in over 100 countries. Culver’s, however, has roughly only 800 sites, all of them in the US, and most in the Midwest.

Everyday, McDonald’s has to make thousands upon thousands of burgers—that is mass production, right there. Culver’s daily demand is much less. Culver’s can spend more on making their burgers more tasty and healthy, while McDonald’s is just grinding out as much as it can for mass appeal.

Culver’s products taste so much better than McDonald’s ones, in my opinion.  Culver’s triumphs in quality. McDonald’s is the sure winner of quantity, feeding thousands of people every day, all day. Shoot, even Culver’s website and buildings look much nicer! (Honestly, I’m much more of a Chick-Fil-A fan myself. My stomach can’t even handle McDonald’s. 😅)

Make sense?

Funny thing, McDonald’s basically started out as your local burger place. Their food probably tasted better then than they do now, since they could focus harder on smaller amounts.

A more abstract definition of qty vs. qlty is the stars vs. the moon. Sure, plenty of stars are actually bigger and brighter than the moon, but I’m talking about the perspective here on Earth. The moon appears much brighter and bigger than every star in the sky.

On a clear, country night, however, all the stars together are roughly the size of the moon. [Disclaimer: that was an assumption. I live in Chicago where planes outnumber the few stars visible, so I don’t know much about the real night sky. 😛] There is a great quantity of stars, but the shine of the moon provides much more useful light (greater quality).

Pros and Cons of Qty and Qlty

Pros of Quantity:

  • Lots of products for lots of people.
  • A single product is made (therefore available) very quickly.
  • A single product is cheap to make and buy—especially when bought in bulk.

Cons of Quantity:

  • Being made so hastily, a product might easily not last long or be very effective.

Pros of Quality:

  • A single product does what it’s meant to do efficiently.

Cons of Quality:

  • A product costs quite a bit.
  • A product is not as quickly made or available.
  • There are often not enough products for every person.

Now, this makes it seem like quantity is the better option. Yet really, I think the con of qty and the pro of qlty are significant enough to match up with their reverses. Plus, it’s 10 pm and my brain can’t come up with anything better. 😆 If yours can, please, let me know in a comment!

Why Do They Even Matter?

It’s in the every-day decision. When you’re driving through town, choosing between the expensive but tasty and healthy restaurant or the quick, cheap one. When you have a cut, and have to choose between a few less sustainable band-aids or the last one of the durable bandages.

For readers, it’s the decision between that single, really great book or the lasting, decent series. For authors, though it’s not their choice: would they rather have written several fairly popular books or that one ground-breaking, globally popular novel?

The clothes you have could be made via unjust means, but the fair-trade attire may be too expensive for you. It’s not a life or death thing, I don’t think. But it still matters. It’s just another one of those questions of ethics that define how our daily lives look like.

Which will you choose?


Thanks so much for reading this very random post! Consider it my non-fiction pleasure writing of the month. 😁 Hope it was thought-provoking!

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Why Fasting is Better Than You Think

If you saw the title of this post and rolled your eyes or had feelings of annoyance, this post will be good for you, and is for you! If not, you should still probably read it anyway.

Yesterday, our church finished our 21 days of prayer and fasting—every year for many years our church has done 21 days of prayer and fasting in the month of January. I joined in with them, and even though it could have always been better—as in I could have always tried harder to pray more and resist more, it was good for me, both in spirit and bodily health.

Today I want to share with you why fasting is so important, why you should consider it, and I’ll also clear up some misconceptions.

For starters, this is what fasting is: Wordly sacrifices for spiritual benefits.

That takes me to…

Why You Are Fasting

Truly, everything in this post points back to this: why you are fasting. People in the Bible fasted for different reasons. Nehemiah fasted out of sadness (Nehemiah 1:4). Moses fasted for Words from the Lord: wisdom and commandments (Exodus 34:28). Jesus fasted before he took on a big project: his ministry to save humankind (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:1-13).

You can fast for all sorts of reasons—mourning, confessing sins, seeking wisdom, preparing for something big.

The whole idea of fasting is to focus less on (even temporarily turn away from) worldly distractions and focus more on God and prayer; to have a time of spiritual healing, restoration, and/or strengthening. I’ll say it again: worldly sacrifices for spiritual benefits.

The above 112 words form—in reality—the main point. Now, I’d like to talk briefly on 4 other factors that are important and need to be addressed. I know I tend to rant, but I will try to keep it concise, every sentence I write having a purpose.

1. What To Fast From

Biblical fasting was most commonly from food, often even food and water. However, there are other unnecessary nonessential distracting activities, as well as worldly items that take your attention, that could be fasted from. Food is important, but of course there are circumstances where it’s not the best thing to fast from.

Activities: Preparation of a meal, video games, social media, TV, listening to secular music, I could go on. The last four listed are not necessary. You could spend your ‘social media time’ reading God’s Word. You could listen to Christian music instead of secular music.

As for the first listed, your body needs water and food to keep on functioning. You could have easy-to-make meals so that you can pray while you prepare. Before you fast I suggest writing down a list of healthy, easy meals, then go out and get ingredients for them.

Items: Chocolate. You don’t need it. Your phone. You don’t need it (well, maybe you do but there are things you use it for that you don’t have to). Coffee. You don’t need it. Have I made my point clear yet?

Sacrifice. If you utter one single prayer to God, something like, “fix all my problems please,” I bet you He won’t do it. Anyone can say that. But not everyone has the strength to sacrifice in order to have ‘all their problems fixed.’ If you really do believe in God and love Him, you have more than likely sacrificed. You spend your Sunday morning with the Church; you’ve quit bad habits; all that. When you fast, you’re just sacrificing even more and I’m sure, at the end of the day, you will reap the benefits!

No sacrifice I could offer would be anywhere near what Jesus sacrificed for us when He literally died on a cross. That is in fact one of the most painful ways to die, and He did it for us, because He loves us. The least we can do in return is sacrifice some of the things we treasure on this earth.

In conclusion, focus on anything that’ll encourage you to look to Christ, and avoid anything that will point you away.

2. How Long To Fast

Now you have in mind what you will be fasting from. “Great,” you might be thinking. “I’m not going to go on social media or eat chocolate. For how long??”

Good question!

It’s really up to you and what you feel God calling you to do. It also depends on why you’re fasting. You could fast for a day, a week, even a month. (It also depends on what you’re fasting from. I’m not telling you to fast from all food for a month.)

3. Other Benefits of Fasting

Fasting is not dieting. You fast because you want to grow closer to God. But physical and/or mental health benefits do often come included!

Mental: In sacrificing, you’ll build up self-control, which is a very important virtue. If you succeed, you’ll be more confident in your abilities to resist. Then there’s social media: it can literally destroy your mental health. That’s not a lie. The more time you spend reading instead of scrolling, the cleaner your mind will be. Of course, if you slip and catch yourself giving into temptation, do not let it sink and do not quit. Apologize to God, then get back up.

Physical: Your taste buds are crying out, “we want sugar! We want sweets!” Do not listen to them! They don’t see the big picture of your whole bodily health. Unhealthy foods bring temporary pleasure, but healthy foods bring longer-term strength and health. This is really all I need to say.

4. Avoid Being the Pharisee

I’ve always been a rule-following control freak with the (God-given) mind and qualities of a leader. The title of ‘pastor’s kid’ only increased the significance of that. When I was younger, during the 21 days of fasting our church had I’d always be like the Pharisees in Jesus’ time. Focusing on the actual doing instead of the real meaning. I would subtly, sometimes even directly, ridicule my brothers and friends for not fasting from as much as I was or caving into temptation.

Don’t go there. It’s not a healthy place. Jesus called the people who were like that whitewashed tombs. That’s not a title anyone would want to be given, especially by the Son of God, King of kings.

I’m trying much harder to not be like that but to be merciful (when need be) and kind. When people see me, I want them to see someone who intentionally does things for a true and good purpose and not just to appear superior and cool.


This is all I have to say. In conclusion, please consider fasting! If you’re only a teenager and not quite an adult yet, maybe talk with your parents about a more serious fast. Actually, talk with your parents about it anyway, serious or not, adult or not! It’s something I need to do more of. Well, God bless and see you next week!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

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New Year—New Expectations, Part 1: Fulfilling Resolutions

It’s upon us yet again: a new year. 2022 is just around the corner. Let me rephrase that.

2022 is in just several hours.

2021 is finally over, and 2020 is far behind us! I’m going to be honest, my post for the conclusion of 2020 was maybe a bit unfair to the poor year. It was a year full of immense discouragement, but God also blessed me in several ways. As we begin to look beyond 2021, I’m going to say it: 2021 was a tense, not-so-amazing year, but it definitely had it’s pros, and lots of it.

Now enough of that, hehe. Look, even as you read this 2022 nears us! We all know what a new year comes with. New resolutions, hopes, and expectations. The idea of expecting is the theme in this two-part series. Last year I came into 2021 with thoughts more, say, realistic than others. I believed that it was likely ‘21 would be no better than ‘20. And that worked out well for my brain. Now I’m coming into ‘22 with a similar mindset: Things could be worse than this year, things could be better, or things could stay the same; I will try to trust God fully either way. But I still have my plans for this year—which I will talk about tomorrow in part 2—and I’m sure you do too.

We all know how it is with new year resolutions, that they just never turn out. In a Phineas and Ferb episode, Dr. Doofensmirtch fired a machine that made everyone’s new year resolution the same: to obey his every command. After the clock struck 12, he shouted out an order for all of them to follow him as he walked out the door. When he noticed no one was obeying he asked why. One of them said, “well everyone knows no one ever fulfills their resolutions!” XD Funny show, that Phineas and Ferb. Anyway, it’s true that many, if not most, resolutions do not turn out. But some do. Today I want to explain to you several practices that could save your resolutions from flying off with the wind.

Meditate on Each Resolution.

Before you jump into anything, you need to remember to meditate and pray. Sometimes your emotions get stirred up and you forget to consult with your Heavenly Father. He knows best. Ask Him before you make an important decision.

Start Slowly.

If you get the ‘okay’ from God, then when you start with whatever you’re doing, start slowly. If your resolution is to spend time at the gym and you were planning to go four days a week, start with one day a week. Then once you’ve got that ‘in the bag,’ go two times a week. Then three. Finally, when you know you’re serious about this and you’re confident and strong, go four days a week. Same concept with running goals; writing goals; food goals; etc. Ease into it.

Find Accountability.

We all need accountability in some areas of our lives. For everyone who has a resolution, you need accountability. If you’re goal is to talk to an unbeliever at school about Christ once a week, no one is going to automatically notice whether you are or aren’t doing it—only Jesus, you, and the person you did, or didn’t, talk to. None of your friends or family are going to automatically know if you did it or not, So you need to personally request that someone make sure you did it. Say it’s your best friend. Tell them your goal, and to make sure you aren’t lying about doing it, make sure they are present when you are witnessing.

If it’s about things more personal, sometimes it’s weird to request a person, even a family member, to keep you accountable. But it is vital. You need an accountability partner or mentor especially if it’s something personal.

If you’re plan is to pray at least ten times a day, do you know how easy it is to lie about that? “Hey, did you remember to pray?” “Yeah.” “Nice!” Easy as that. So you need to be honest about it. And remember, God sees you. He knows if you’re praying or not. You can fool any human, but not God.

Even if God is always watching you, you still do need a physical, visible person to help you. Make sure they’re someone either ahead of the game or struggling with you. Not some passive person who hardly understands your situation at all.

You’re human, therefore imperfect.

As you jump into this new year, remember this: you are human, and therefore you. Are. Not. Perfect. You are not superhuman. You’re just not, and you never will be till you reach Heaven. You may not fully accomplish your resolution, and that’s not good, but it’s okay. Feel me? Just repent to your partner or mentor and to God, and try again.

If you keep failing. . . 1. Maybe you’re going to hard. 2. Maybe you need to be kept more accountable. 3. Maybe you shouldn’t even be doing it. If #1 & 2 have been fixed, maybe it’s #3. If so, pray about it more. Talk to a spiritual mentor about it.


Either way, throughout the highs and lows of this new year, trust in Jesus. He loves you, and not only knows what’s best for you, but wants what’s best for you. May you thrive this year, brother, sister, friend!

Talk to you next year! 😉

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador