Back from a roadtrip and feeling rather mathematical


My mystical mathematically inclinednamesake, the real Pythagoras has his own Theoremand it claims that the sum of (the areas of) two small squares equals (the area of) the big one. You probably remember it in algebraic terms, a2 + b2 = c2 where c is the hypotenuse while a and b are the legs of the triangle. It has been discussed over the years and most recently in pop culture.
Remember after receiving the much sought after brains from The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrowspits out with authority his own, though errorneousversion of the Pythagorean theorem, “The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.”

If I were a triangle, which is my favorite drafting tool and also a pretty cool geometric figure, I would be an isosceles triangle because we both have at least two equal sides which I try to exhibit on most issues. Actually an isosceles triangle has both two equal sides and two equal angles and I always have a couple of angles to spin. The name derives from the Greek iso (same) and skelos (leg). Contrary to popular belief, I feel that I do most time have two legs to stand on.

So I am adopting Isosceles as my new temporary middle name. The law allows it as long as you don’t have illegal intent and I will use that title for a while to give Hickey a much needed vacation because like flip flops, if you wear them too much, they wear out too fast and then you are sad.

I have amassed over six hundred pages for my new book in progress and there is a lot of editing to do for the old boy. Anyway, because Isosceles is a rather long name and not too easy to spell, I shall just use the moniker, Is, most commonly used as the third person singular form of the verb be. To be or not to be, that is my question and my quest as it was for the Bard’s boy.

Who is the mother of invention? Plato would write and then years later Nietzsche would add, Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation. There I am right in the middle of two thinkers and I think that a lot of things are necessary and in fact some are, but I also think that many more are a matter of interpretation. Double speak sounding in a way but I’ll explain where I am coming from.

We could triangulate if we would only take the time and lose thefear that comes with slowing down long enough to observe with objectivity why we, out of a need of preconceived necessity, run our life like an Indy 500 race.

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

Most if not all of the reasons we have rationalized as truly necessary for living are the same ones that are quite possibly killing us.

That is an observation I have made which leads me to an observation of another, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”

which may or may not be necessarily so.

But it is a very nice thought and somewhat intriguing as most love triangles are.

IS aka Hickey


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