>>9333112

You are right. However my point still stands: counting things is an activity that is mirrored in maths as the numbers 1,2,3,... These symbols I wrote could be anything, like shapes. That string of symbols represent the act of counting, from counting one distinct thing to the other. It doesn't matter if it's apples, half apples, boats, alien objects, etc, the first thing you count is assigned the symbol 1, the second the symbol 2, and so on. We never run out of symbols because we have the decimal system which can always generate a new unused symbol.

Now, what I described is not 'the natural numbers', they are simply a process made into symbols. If you remove yourself from the reality of counting, 1/2 becomes a thing, meaning 'the thing between 1 and 2 on the number line', but you are not counting anymore obviously.