Pi Day

Pi Day

Pi Picture croppedSeth Godin brought Pi Day to my inbox this morning. He alerted me to the fact that pi’s opening digits, 3.1415, match up with the calendar today. Take a moment to read his excellent brief statement about it, so I don’t have to repeat what he said, but rather can add my own take on Pi to the equation. Carpe Diem style.

As the Founder of Something Or Other Publishing (SOOP) I immediately emailed SOOP’s Authors encouraging them to Carpe their own Diem – to do the imaginable, one day at a time, vs. listening to the critics in our head that tell us something isn’t possible. Then it struck me. Pi Day isn’t a day that comes once a year.  It’s a day that only comes once every hundred years.

At least by the roman calendar, and by the month/day/year convention. (If we use the day/month/year convention there’s no Pi Day at all). Here’s a definition of Pi. “A name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. That means, for any circle, you can divide the circumference (the distance around the circle) by the diameter and always get exactly the same number.” For me it always brings to mind David Bowie’s epic early song, the Width of a Circle from “The Man who Sold the World”

Aztec Calendar MayanThe calendar is a big deal to me. I’m a believer in Revelation. On the site devoted to my book, The People of the Sign, I used the calendar date of 9/11 to write about the Divine Calendar – the one mentioned in the book of Genesis, which claims that God established time, and that He did so by organizing the sun, moon, earth and even the stars in such a way as to create a gigantic universal clock. A clock so powerful it could not only predict the future, but be used as a lens to make sense of today, in that light.

Einstein God's ThoughtsPi Day highlights a very important element in my personal search. Many who accept Revelation reject Science. This is a huge mistake. Einstein is arguably the worlds most famous scientist, and he famously stated “I want to know God’s thoughts – the rest are details”.  In my view, his contribution to understanding Time was one of his greatest. He also wrote “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

My blog today is to appeal to my Scientific minded friends to reflect on the unquantifiable mystery of a simple circle, and the mix of knowledge and imagination needed to create great things. And while my Religious minded friends understand that God created man to know Him and to worship Him, they may not have understood that Science is simply one way in which many seek to do exactly that. Whether they recognize it or not at this point.

In time they will.

Davinci's ManIn the meantime, what is the width of your Circle? I like to use the Virtues to measure mine. That’s why I conclude each of my blogs with one.

For those who want to know the Science behind my use of Virtues Cards in blogging, I always pull the card after completing the blog, using the Virtue to reflect upon what I wrote. I love the serendipity of seeing what emerges. Today I was very pleased that it was Devotion.

“Devotion is commitment to something we care about deeply. It is a passionate focus on our life’s purpose… What is my ‘yes’? What calls me so strongly that I cannot resist, knowing that it is truly mine to do?” The card features the quote “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground”.



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  1. Brian Somers says

    This blog post made me think of this famous poem, “The World” by Henry Vaughan.

    I saw Eternity the other night,
    Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
    All calm, as it was bright;
    And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,
    Driv’n by the spheres
    Like a vast shadow mov’d; in which the world
    And all her train were hurl’d.
    The doting lover in his quaintest strain
    Did there complain;
    Near him, his lute, his fancy, and his flights,
    Wit’s sour delights,
    With gloves, and knots, the silly snares of pleasure,
    Yet his dear treasure
    All scatter’d lay, while he his eyes did pour
    Upon a flow’r.

    The darksome statesman hung with weights and woe,
    Like a thick midnight-fog mov’d there so slow,
    He did not stay, nor go;
    Condemning thoughts (like sad eclipses) scowl
    Upon his soul,
    And clouds of crying witnesses without
    Pursued him with one shout.
    Yet digg’d the mole, and lest his ways be found,
    Work’d under ground,
    Where he did clutch his prey; but one did see
    That policy;
    Churches and altars fed him; perjuries
    Were gnats and flies;
    It rain’d about him blood and tears, but he
    Drank them as free.

    The fearful miser on a heap of rust
    Sate pining all his life there, did scarce trust
    His own hands with the dust,
    Yet would not place one piece above, but lives
    In fear of thieves;
    Thousands there were as frantic as himself,
    And hugg’d each one his pelf;
    The downright epicure plac’d heav’n in sense,
    And scorn’d pretence,
    While others, slipp’d into a wide excess,
    Said little less;
    The weaker sort slight, trivial wares enslave,
    Who think them brave;
    And poor despised Truth sate counting by
    Their victory.

    Yet some, who all this while did weep and sing,
    And sing, and weep, soar’d up into the ring;
    But most would use no wing.
    O fools (said I) thus to prefer dark night
    Before true light,
    To live in grots and caves, and hate the day
    Because it shews the way,
    The way, which from this dead and dark abode
    Leads up to God,
    A way where you might tread the sun, and be
    More bright than he.
    But as I did their madness so discuss
    One whisper’d thus,
    “This ring the Bridegroom did for none provide,
    But for his bride.”

  2. Valerie Simons says

    Wade, you might appreciate the intersection of science and God in the book “Numbers in Scripture” by E. W. Bullinger (first pub’d c1897?). I consider it a science to analyze the structure of scripture from a numeric perspective. Fascinating!!

  3. Wade Fransson says

    Thanks Val, I’ve heard of it, but never read it – will have to check it out.

  4. Donald McGrew says

    Reminds me of this quote:
    “When I was young, I said to God, God, tell me the mystery of the universe. But God answered, that knowledge is for me alone. So I said, god, tell me the mystery of the peanut. Then God said, well, George, that’s more nearly your size.”
    George Washington Carver.
    Of course, he went on to do amazing things with the knowledge of the peanut. Knowledge and God are intertwined.

  5. Wade Fransson says

    Donald, what an excellent quote and comment – that succinct and memorable anecdote forms a perfect bookend to the profound poem provided by Brian

  6. Vincent Hirschler says

    To often we seek science throwing out the first Scientist, [God] His witness and evidence while we seek answers based on our limitations for a limitless existence. You are so correct to put science and religion together as neither In history have stood on their own successfully.

  7. Wade Fransson says

    Well said Vincent!

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