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New Year

I apologize for not posting this sooner, got a little caught up the past few days. Note that this may or may not be the average time between my blog posts, we’ll have to see. Here are some of my thoughts on the significance of set dates.


The following is apaid political announcementn excerpt from an email I wrote to some friends on January 1 this year.

Why do we even celebrate 1/1 anyways? Just because it’s the start of a year? But what if AD started like 2 days later? 2 wees later? 2 months late? Then our current 1/1 would have no significance whatsoever… it would just be a date. True, that might butterfly effect the whole world to be different, (e.g. religious stuff) but it seems discriminatory just to pick out this one day.

I would like to expand a little upon that stub here.

I’m not sure how much of that was factual, in fact ( 😉 ) I just assumed that we have our current days due to the timing of BC/AD. What I’m saying is, what if 0 AD started 6 months later? Then, the seasons for the Northern and Southern hemispheres would be flipped, and that may affect several historical decisions. (e.g. Harsh winters in the Soviet Union during WWII may not have been an issue for Hitler, perhaps resulting in his conquering of the Allied power) In addition, many inventions that occurred due to the weather or light at the time inspiring an inventor that happened to be in the right place at the right time would not be here, but other innovations that we may discover in the future already a household item. Thus, the world we lived in would be very different than it is now.

There are likely many other reasons our environment would be changed in the case of a different new year, if such a thing could exist. For now, we should be thankful for what we have (it’s not Thanksgiving but in an alternate universe, it may very well be).

It’s possible that this alternate timing may be what happened in a parallel universe; we’ll never know. Although, if this type of timing did happen, then it would probably be a world in our future like a slimy eel: we’re always chasing it but can never catch it.

Anyways thanks for reading, and Happy (belated) New Year!



2 comments on “New Year

  1. Sparkle Poffinlots
    January 27, 2015

    Don’t you think it’s cute how we celebrate the sun finishing a lap around the sun?


  2. royalreter
    March 16, 2015

    Vi Hart just released this video:
    Hm makes some good, mathematical points about the inherent craziness of our celebrations 😛


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