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We can’t legislate math. Or a virus.

Today I find myself remembering the 1897 effort to legislate the mathematical value “pi” to make it more convenient for humans.

It didn’t work. Pi is defined by the existence of a circle. Humans have no say in the matter.

Math does not accommodate the wishes of humans. A natural law supercedes the laws of people. Deciding it should behave differently will not change it. Ignoring it will not make it go away. Our only option is to understand what the law is so we can adapt to it.

A virus does not accommodate the wishes of humans either. Deciding it should behave differently will not change it. Ignoring it will not make it go away. Our only option is to understand it so we can adapt to its existence.

We must adapt to coexist with the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The virus will not change to suit our wishes.

One thought on “We can’t legislate math. Or a virus.

  1. ‘We Can’t Legislate Math’’. Excellent, This article is simple, straight forward, and perfectly meaningful. Sometimes I am questioned about my bumper sticker, which states, ‘Science is real even if you do not believe it’. I’m going to incorporate your example in my talking points.
    Thank you. I always read your posts with interest, although this the first time I have responded.
    ~~Christine, stage IV Lung Cancer Survivor, diagnosed 2009

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