POEM: Actual Pie vs. Pi

Actual pie is way more than 3.14159 times better than mathematical .

This simple one line poem makes fun of ’s fixation on the quantitative versus qualitative.  It is big to reduce everything to a number, preferably dollars if you can!  Of course, actual pie is quite enjoyable, whether it is apple pie, cherry pie, blueberry pie, raspberry pie, rhubarb pie, coconut cream pie, pumpkin pie, banana cream pie, key lime pie, blackberry pie, elderberry pie, cranberry pie, chocolate cream pie, peach pie, gooseberry pie, huckleberry pie, or lemon meringue pie; you take your pick!.  While there is definitely a quantitative to this long list of great pies, mathematical cannot compare.  Using the term way more is a device that can connote both a qualitative and quantitative sense to it.  In contrast to the 3.14159 of mathematical , the precision of mathematical seems quite ridiculous.  Some may argue that the unique of mathematical pi has a certain to it.  I wouldn’t disagree.  Nonetheless, it’s their incomparability that I am comparing.  One of the interesting things about mathematical pi is that it never ends, its digits past the decimal place continue forever and ever.  Still, this holds nothing on actual pie which comes to an eventual end, probably gracefully, hopefully gracefully!  But alas, if you really must have it all, and you are quite the daredevil, you may have actual pie while simultaneously meditating upon mathematical pi.  Unfortunately, this falls into yet another trap of : the illusion of multitasking.  We can really only focus on one thing at a .  To alternate our focus back and forth between one thing and another can certainly be done but it almost as certainly alternately robs the of each thing focused upon.  An exception to this might be pie a la mode.

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