Hm. I just took it as a twist on the allegorical "10,000 things" from taoism - kinda like 40 years, days/nights just being 'a long time' in other biblical texts (all being similarly repeated over and over).... which in this journalists sense would also fall in line with nit-picking.
Not much hard work put into that one.
Some of the notions I get from Opportunity seems to attempt at a partial basis of determinism based on life-experience or other 'greats'. Not much a fan.
BUUUUT I'm probably just projecting that onto it and doesn't relate at all.