Introducing the Earth Epic Calendar
Our understanding of Earth’s history and humanity’s place in has changed radically in the last 400 years. So why are we using a calendar that has had only minor changes since Julius Caesar during the Roman Empire?
Up until about 1600 CE (Common Era, same as AD), estimates of the age of the Earth were inferred from the Christian Bible. Most European scholars estimated the age of the Earth to be 6,000 years. But by the end of the 1800s, geologists had reached a consensus about the Earth’s age being 100 million years. In 1926, knowledge of radioactive decay pushed scientific consensus of Earth’s age to between 1.5 and 3 billion years, and since then we’ve had refinements that put the current age at 4.54 billion years.
Children in most American schools are taught the true age of the Earth. (At least I hope they are.) Many will be shown a diagram that shows how miniscule humankind’s tenure on earth has been compared to the rest of history.
And yet we still date our calendar as if nothing of any significance happened on our planet until human beings came along. With such a narrow way of looking at things, is it any wonder that we face a climate and ecological crisis that threatens all life on this planet?
All of the calendars widely in use today are based on religions and when a given religion started. There are several problems with this. Almost all of these calendars seek to divide all of time between the time since the founding of their religion and the time before the religion started. Religions have a history of forcibly imposing their views and cultures on others. Acceptance of the Gregorian calendar world wide—in all but five countries–is indicative of colonialism and the overwhelming economic power of Western cultures.
In response to these concerns, the Earth Epic Calendar reflects a more accurate understanding of human history and earth history. In another section, I will talk about the practicality of implementation of such a calendar.