Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999
Subject: Re: Calendar Reform
The Rev. Ar.[...] wrote:
>>Before we try to answer that, how about the question: "*Why* should the
>>world start using a new calendar at all?"
>If we don't give it a shot this time, when will it ever be? We have the
>rare chance of a new millennium. As much as possible, let us include a new
>calendar in our wish list for the betterment of this world -- before we
>finally leave it forever. This will be our contribution to our children, to
>our children's children, and to the future generations.
With all due respect to the Holy Spirit [Ar.'s mentor], I think [Ar.] has his priorities muddled. The problem is not calendrical, the problem is political. Specifically, the problem is that as a consequence of a long process of political corruption (helped along by such events as the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the late 19th Century to create the [legal] fiction of the corporation as a person) there is an unholy alliance between governments, big business and the military, as a result of which most people (those who are not high government officials, military brass, corporate directors or big shareholders) are being screwed, and their lives impoverished. They receive poor education, poor health care, adulterated and possibly harmful food, a constant barrage of propaganda from the media, tyrannical restrictions on their freedom to live an ethical life of their own choosing, a diet of violence and general mindlessness on TV, and have over half their earnings extorted from them to enrich the ruling class and to finance overt and covert military aggression against the citizens of foreign countries. In view of this gross disgrace, this abomination that is occurring daily before our eyes, calendar reform hardly merits consideration. It is like Nero's fiddling while Rome burns. In this case it is our world that is burning, we are in the middle of it, and how many are aware of (or even care to know) what is really going on? It's a lot easier to avoid awareness by engaging in such pleasant distractions as discussion of calendar reform.