The common good, or the general welfare, it seems to me, must take into account how we collectively manage our time, and how we collectively frame our ways of denoting that time. On-going legal & financial pro-bono education (aka Adulting Education), I think, must be taken in the overall context of modern life, which must become more fully inclusive for all of us.
An inclusive Calendar may be a good start for re-framing the way we think and communicate, which works with Non-violent Communication (NVC) to change our culture and thus our world. The Holocene Epoch is a clearly defined geological era, at the start of big agriculture. It was first suggested by an Italian-American scientist. Matching our calendar to the start of that geological epoch sets a year Zero at the point when human effects start to make visible changes to the earth that makes it clearly inhabited by intelligent life (despite the famous Star Trek joke!):
The Holocene Calendar, a calendar beginning at about the start of visible effects of human activity on the earth (around 12,000 years ago), is easier to use, understand, and teach because it has a year Zero.
Unlike most calendars, which begin their counts at some point in the history of one particular group, the Holocene Calendar is meant to include all of humanity. It’s also a lot easier to teach kids history. More importantly, having an inclusive calendar means we all learn to think of ourselves as human beings, all living in the Holocene or Human Era.
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So, it turns out that School House Rock had a clip on Zero as a number, which gives a great explanation, except for the part about zero being invented by cavemen -0 was invented in India and transmitted to Europe(ean Monks) by the Arabs during the medieval Dark Ages.
Adoption of the Holocene Calendar and a Year Zero is a bigger question: Congress, the UN, and lots of other governments would have to agree. So far, everyone has just adopted Gregorian out of convenience…
1.) Search for two different sources related to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.
2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.
3.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on the Holocene Epoch might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,
4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses an alternate calendar, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.
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