My eldest daughter is two and some months old. She is at an age where she is quite taken with counting and reciting the alphabet. She does not do either with perfect consistency or fidelity, but rather varying degrees of approximation to the physical and vocal patterns that are embodies when counting or singing the ABC’s.
I think it works both ways in the real world and human minds: Big to small and small to big. Reality is immense.
It is perhaps the smaller mind that fragments, and the entire social structure has been built up by fragments, and so we see fragments and think in fragments. We’re blind to the unifying singular order, and doomed to disorderly repetition in a vain attempt to create the very order our fragmented thinking has in fact destroyed. We learn to count up, starting from one. Perhaps we should learn to count down, starting from infinity preferably.