July 12, 2020
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Implementing the Calendar

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Change isn’t easy. A period of 1,627 years spanned the difference between the calendar reforms introduced by Julius Caesar and those introduced by Pope Gregory XIII.  Of course, other calendars in other parts of the world were introduced–most notably the Islamic Calendar and the Jalali Calendar in Iran. But as of today, almost countries in the world use the Gregorian Calendar as the official civil (as opposed to religious) calendar. The only countries that do not use the Gregorian Calendar are Iran and Afghanistan, which use the Solar Hijri Calendar, Ethiopia, which uses the Ethiopian Calendar, and Nepal, which uses the Vikram Samvat calendar as its official calendar.  Many other nations use a local or religious calendar side by side with the Gregorian calendar as their official calendars (i.e. India, Bangladesh, and Israel), or use a modified version of the Gregorian calendar (Japan, North Korea, Taiwan, Thailand).

The World Calendar had significant support within the League of Nations and the United Nations between 1930 and 1955.  However, many Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders opposed it because it would have offered 1-2 “off calendar” days that would disrupt the cycle of days of worship.  No other calendar reform has come closer to worldwide acceptance in the modern era, though ISO 8601, which adds a Year “0” between 1 AD and 1 BC, is widely used to help standardize the wide range of date expressions to make data exchange and trade easier.

The Prospects for Gregorian Calendar Reform provides a good summary of the desirability and challenges of calendar reform.   The Earth Epic Calendar is likely unique in the addition of the Epic Time Scales (Eon, Genesis, and Age) That plus replacing months with quarters, switching to an observation-based calendar which starts on the Northern Winter Solstice, and its different method of timekeeping arguably make the Earth Epic Calendar a rather radical effort at reform.

Logically speaking, people will adopt what they wish to adopt.  One advantage of the Earth Epic Calendar is that not all changes have to occur at once, and some changes could be adopted with minimum of effort if people truly have the desire to do so.

The Epic Time Scales (which will be set at 18 Eons, 16 Geneses, and 12 Ages for the next 13,000+ years) can be added to Gregorian date expressions without changing any other date reading or writing habits the average person has.  Perhaps it can be incorporated into formal expressions of the date, as often seen on diplomas or on Roman number expressions of the year.  The expression of the last two digits of the year is identical to that of the Gregorian Calendar as well, requiring only a change to the “prefix” of the year expression from “20” to “117.”

Businesses that rely closely on quarterly numbers could appreciate the efforts of this calendar to divide the days of the calendar equally between the quarters so as to accurately measure and compare numbers.  Businesses that choose to report figures on a monthly basis can issue reports for dates that complete the first second and final third of the quarter.

Metric time could potentially be the most difficult to adopt.  During the French Revolution, an attempt was made to incorporate metric time, but the effort was dropped at the same time the rest of the metric system was adopted.

The Earth Epic calendars benefits are many.  They include:

  • Helping people understand that we human are but one small part of the Earth’s evolution for one (likely) small moment.  Understanding this can hopefully help human beings be more humble at a time when our activities are threatening life on Earth and undoing hundreds of millions–if not billions of years–of evolution.
  • Connecting the Eon roughly to the evolution of dinosaurs and the Genesis to the immediate ancestors of Homo Sapiens puts our existence on Earth in perspective.  That our Eon is also relatively close to another cycle–the rotation of the sun around the Milky Way Galaxy–tells us more about our place in the stars.
  • The date of the start of the current age helps us understand how recent the last glacial periods (ice ages) were, and how human civilization developed quickly once the glaciers retreated.
  • The 25,000-year Age puts in perspective our development as a human race, and helps us realize that we are not necessarily the pinnacle of civilization even with our technology and knowledge.
  • Perhaps it isn’t coincidental that this length of an Age is close to the length of an axial precession and how this Earth phenomenon influences our myths as astrologers tell us how we cycle through the twelve ages of the zodiac.
  • No longer do we set arbitrary boundaries between time periods by designating most of them as “before the year 0.”

Those who share these values can find value in the Earth Epic Calendar