Friday, August 08, 2008

It's 08/08/08, and dates are STILL arbitrary

This 2007 post is still relevant a year later, even down to the day of the week...

A Friday-afternoon rant

The Beijing Olympics are opening on 08/08/08 at 8:08 pm. An auspicious date, according to this horoscope writer.

And 07/07/07 was a very lucky day--ask Tony Parker and Eva Longoria--no? Well, no!

What about 06/06/06? Wasn't that supposed to be the devil's day? No again.

When will we realize that each of the numbers that makes up a date is an arbitrary creation of man, lacking any consistency or objective meaning?

AD 2000 wasn't 2000 years after the birth of Jesus (various sources place the date between 7 B.C. and 2 B.C.). And if you don't follow Christianity, what meaning would that number have even if it were accurately counted from Jesus' birth?

The month/day numbers have changed as recently as 1582, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted.

It's time to stop worrying about what's going to happen on a specific date. Truth is, if there are fateful dates out in the cosmos, we wouldn't be able to pinpoint them anyway. So savor the present moment.

(Picture by shadowkill via stock.xchng)

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