This is a brief (add- epic) scene from a episode (S02E11 to be specific) of one of my favourite shows and perhaps the best network show out there- Person of Interest. This gives so much insight on perspective and personally I have been in the same lot most times, and this simple scene is like a eye opener. Don’t worry no spoilers and I recommend you see this show, I’m sure you will be sold.
Finch: (to students) ‘Pi’. Can anyone of you tell me what it means?
(after silence and looking at disinterested students in their own worlds)
I’ll settle for an intelligent question here.
Girl: My friend has a question here. What is any of this good for and when do we ever use it?
Finch: (smiling) Let me show you. Pi. The ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter. And this [3.1415926535… ] is just the beginning.
It keeps on going. Forever. Without ever repeating.
Which means that contained within this strings of decimals is every single other number.
Your birth date, combination of your locker, your social security number.. (continues to write more decimal digits)
It’s all in there somewhere.
And if you convert these decimal digits to letters, you would have every word that ever existed, in every possible combination.
The first syllable you spoke as a baby, the name of your latest crush, your entire life story from beginning to end. Everything we ever say or do… All of the worlds infinite possibilities rest within this one simple circle (pointing to the circle on board)
Now what you do with that information… What it’s good for… Well that will be up to you.