• Basha

come down a rabbit-hole with me..

On this anaretic degree of the sun in Pisces, a.k.a. the last day of Pisces Season, I have been contempating a time riddle. This is my 4th day self-quarantining, and I'm starting to go a little stir crazy... With the Zodiac New Year coming up tomorrow, I've been contemplating a lot universal "truths" about how we track time...

"7 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 12 months a year; 365 days a year in all."

I hate to break it to anyone who doesn't already know, but this "scientific" statement is one giant falsity, a hilarious contradiction.

Starting with "7 days a week, 4 weeks a month":

7 days x 4 weeks = 28 days/month

Already, we have a problem, since every month is usually 30 or 31 days, with the exception of only February actually being 28 days ...but, let's continue.

7 days x 4 weeks x 12 months = 366 days/year

So a year, by the definition of days, weeks and months, is 366 days, not 365... But a year is 365 days except for leap years, when it's 366 days. An exception to the rule, that happens every other year. Every other year is a real year, and every other year is a leap year...So a year is only a year, every other-year, by both definitions... Are you starting to feel like the Mad Hatter is speaking to you in non-sense riddles yet?

Don't even get me started about how many seconds, minutes, and hours there are in a year, because on top of deciding weather or not we are having a leap year, we'd have to take into account weather or not we are incorporating day-light savings...

What I'm trying to say is, time isn't as clearly-defined as we all think it is. The most reknown physicists will tell you time and space are a continuous fabric in a quantam world, where any two things are connected, even if they are at opposite ends of the universe.

The same physicists would also tell you that time isn't even real, and that everything is actually happening to us all at once... True or not, these statements have Mad Hatter-vibes all over them.

Mechanical clocks, man-made calendars - those were the time-markers our parents grew up with. These days, the way we keep time is pretty much the same, except for instead of manual, we've gone fully digital.

What time is it? What day? What month? What year? We now pretty much completely rely on our smart-phone companies to tell us...

Ever wonder how we got to these arbitrary markers in the first place?

Originally, once upon a time, humanity tracked daily and yearly cycles through much more symbolic means, dictated by earthly nature & the sky...

Tune in for another rabbit-hole topic coming up soon;

When does a year really start?...

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