Saturday, December 31, 2005

A Most Silly Holiday

Time is a human construct. It's a tool we use to help differentiate between various sequences, cycles and segments of reality. Were there no clocks nor calendars, the universe would keep right on ticking, not missing a beat.

For this reason alone, I have never been a fan of New Year's Eve. It celebrates nothing specific. It doesn't come at the end/beginning of a season. It has nary a thing to do with moon phases. There is nothing significant about the transition from December 31 to January 1. It's just an arbitrary dot on the map of human-created time.

I'm always amazed at the number of people who gather in Times Square (or wherever), waiting anxiously for the ball to drop or the clock to count down. When it does, they whoop, yell, cry, kiss, hug, set off fireworks and, a good many people, use it as an excuse to get drunk. And for what? One day becomes the next day.

Whoopie.

4 comments:

  1. Trey -- You forgot the Rose Parade and the football games, the really meaningful stuff.

    Really, it is symbolic of new beginnings when one can forgive oneself past wrongs and resolve to do better. One can admit to being overweight and plan a diet, a smoker can take steps to kick the habit or one can decide to be a better person in general..
    These things don’t usually last but it makes us feel good about ourselves for awhile. The big drunken party is like Mardi Gras, rewarding yourself for your impending goodness by being really bad for one night. I choose to watch it all on TV.

    To be meaningful, I think New Years should coincide with the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring signifying the beginning of new life. Maybe it originally did. The Gregorian calendar changed a lot of things.

    Happy New Year --- Dino

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  2. Personally, I'm waiting for Chinese New Year on the 29th. At least it coincides with a new moon! (Besides, Year of the Dog sounds so much more interesting than "2006")

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  3. You both make good points. I'd certainly vote for the Vernal Equinox. My two dogs, however, just told me they will vote for Qalmlea for president -- My cats want to know when will it be time for the Year of the Cat?

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