Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meaning in Life

(Warning: the following contains subtle hyperbole for comedic effect)

If asked "What is the meaning of life?", a well trained Christian boy should be able to rattle off the answer without a thought... "To serve The Lord in thoughts and deeds..." (something like that). But if you take away the traditional God concept, people tend to become uneasy. What IS the meaning of life if not dictated by a supreme being?

I've long been an advocate of the idea that people are free to make their own meaning in life. If you find joy, happiness, and meaning in studying ants, or helping the poor, or kicking a foot ball, or investing money, or raising a family... that's your choice.

It could be something altruistic, such as promoting literacy, or giving comfort to the sick and suffering... it could be something creative like building the Real Life Mousetrap, or painting your masterpiece... or it could be something more mundane, like cheering for your football team or watching survivor. My judgement of the worthiness of the activity is irrelevant... as long as it doesn't directly conflict with my goals.

If your choices directly conflict with others, then you should expect some friction. If your choice directly harms others, then you should expect some friction from ME and many others, as most people choose to live in a world where harm is reduced.

But often people can not find meaning in life, or are on a quest to find it. I used to be in that category... until now.

I finally found the cause that has given me purpose and drive... and a nifty new title.

From now on, I am an ADVOCATE OF TAU... feel free to use that in lieu of "Esq" when referring to me by name.

So what is an Advocate of Tau? Essentially and Advocate of Tau is dedicated to the annihilation of Pi. Yes, the mathematical constant Pi has to go !!!

In its place, we will instead use the more elegant constant Tau, which is simply two times Pi.

There is an enormous amount of work to do, getting every single text book from 5th grade mathematics up to Quantum Physics to replace every reference from 2Pi to Tau... but it must be done, and I intend to do my part to make it happen.

I've followed my bliss and it lead me to this.
Hmmm... I wonder if I should get a funny hat to go along with my new title.... like the Bishop of Canterbury or Cardinal of the Arch Diocese.

p.s. Once this goal is achieved, I'll take on switching our number system from base 10 to base 12.