12/8/06 12:42 am - Circles?
So on my way up to Regina, during a time so long ago it could be considered another life, I had been thinking about circles. I was really onto something and I had told myself that I should post it on my blog, for some random bullshit reading for whatever people read this that seem to have nothing better to do. It was so long ago, however, that I had forgotten all of it, so I'll just start rambling about it on here and hopefully it'll lead to most of what had entered my brain at the time. I find typing stuff out actually makes me discover new things to further back my tale. So I had been thinking about many aspects of the circle. First off, it seems that the circle is the only simple shape (that I can think of) that has only one side. A line isn't considered a shape...it's one-dimensional...hardly realistic. A circle hits 2d though, and many of the concepts I make mention of here will even apply to a 3-dimensional sphere...as real as we can get. The only dimension it's missing is time, the 4th dimension. However, time seems to be a dimension that we have made far too much note of all on our own...it's almost not natural anymore. Anyway, so yes "the circle only has one side," as that stupid "Travis" will gladly tell us. Is that singer's name even Travis? If so, that's pretty egotistical of him to name his band after himself only. Maybe all the band members are named Travis. That'd be crazy. The point is that this is why the circle is seen as a symbol of unity and peace, as there are no real sides "facing off" or "opposing" each other. Everything is connected in a circle. Next up is the circle's involvement in all things. It seems all things travel in a cycle. Seasons, life, even after-life and rebirth, as it believed in many religions. Anything religious or natural has some major involvement with a circle. The circle's close tie to nature and all things related to nature seems to be the most common of all shapes. Even with time, history seems to repeat its self often, and we could say that a timeline could really be summed up in more of a circle than a line. The neatest thing is that none of us seem to realize just how often we make history repeat its self. Anyway, next we have the circle's complexity and our inability to understand it. The base number for calculations involving a circle, or therefore a sphere, is pi. Pi is a number that has mystified mathematicians for ages. Though almost everything natural seems to have a pattern, pi apparently does not. Yet we use it so often because it's a necessary number for calculations involving this natural shape. This brings us to the final point I can think of, which is our inability to naturally make a circle. I have heard that it is near impossible to draw a perfect circle by freehand. A square or any other shape with lines is a bit easier, as straight lines are easier to draw than perfect curves. One could say that a perfect square is difficult to draw freehand without the help of a ruler to measure all sides, but I think a circle has that beat, as every degree of a circle must be evenly spaced. One has to wonder if, considering the circle's importance in nature and peace, the fact that we can't draw it is a sure symbol of our inability to truly and totally connect with these two ideals. I welcome arguments, additional points in agreement, or just random thoughts on this topic. Don't leave me hanging, here.