Pi(e) Day

Larry Shaw, "King of Pi" and originator of Pi(e) day.

Larry Shaw, “King of Pi” and originator of Pi(e) day.

Today is pie day.  Started originally among academia, it has since been recognized by the United States government.  While the mathematical constant has little affect on my normal conversations, this does point out two things.  The first is society’s ability to celebrate anything.  While seemingly meaningless, especially since Pi itself probably cares very little that it is being celebrated, it marks the ability to take an otherwise uncelebrated day and turn it into something festive.  In this case, it is done on a national basis.    

This links with some of my recent readings (rereading actually).  While paging through the Tao of Pooh, I came across the section on Happy Thursday.  Again, while this is presented in a somewhat silly manner, it does point out a very important concept, the celebraition of life.  Taoism teaches that every day is special and should be seen as a celebraition.  This links with numerous other cultures and religions where being alive or seeing a sunrise or simply being are seen as reverent occasions.

The second point is the celebraition of something simple.  The majority of people use this day to enjoy a slice (or more) of pie.  This simple mixture of filling and pastry can bring a smile to the face of a child or an adult.  By using this celebration as a reason to indulge ourselves for a moment and to enjoy just living can be, even for just a moment, a connection to the Tao and the world around us.

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