Feliz Año Nuevo! (Happy New Year)

For some, it’s a day to celebrate a new beginning and form resolutions; for others it’s an excuse to be festive and enjoy with family and then there are others who just see it is as another day; another number which really doesn’t mean diddly squat. I mean the world’s cultures and religions employ wildly different calendars, the question “what year is it?” is more complicated than you’d think.

According to this article written in Feb 2022, the year in Hebrew is 5782, Buddhism 2565 and Chinese 4719. 2023 is based on the Gregorian Calendar Named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582, the calendar that we thought was all definitive.

A ‘year’ as most Western Countries see it, is measured by the time it takes the Earth to do a full revolution of the Sun. But what year did this take place? Wouldn’t the earth have completed a rotation every day from the same day a year ago? So happy revolution to all! A ‘day’ on the other hand represents the time it takes earth to complete one full spin on its axis and that is 23 hours and 56 minutes.

What is interesting is our measurement of Time ie ‘years and days’ are just mathematical representations of the Earth’s movement in Space. Time as humans have used to measure it, is just movement of our Mass. If we lived on any other planet, years and days (and yes, Time) would be conceived differently. If you lived on Venus, you would just see two sunrises a year. Let me explain… a year on Venus is less time than what a day is. Venus spins so slowly on its axis that one day on the planet lasts 243 earth days. But because it is closer to the sun it orbits the sun every 225 earth days.

Now to get really trippy (and I wrote about this in this article):

Time is nature’s way of ensuring that not everything happens at once.

Without mass travelling through Space then there would be no time to observe. Mass that is not moving is not creating time. So if everything stood still and the Earth stopped rotating at midnight then there would be no time.

Mass needs Space to travel in, so that we can measure and label it. If not, everything would exist in the eternal – here and now.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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2 comments on “Feliz Año Nuevo! (Happy New Year)
  1. Now you’re really getting into it Matt with this post. Maybe I should go and live on Venue, as I am finding that time is passing way too quickly on Earth! Or is it just me? Have fun on the 15th of this month. Great discussion. Happy Earthly New Year to you too. All the very best, Sharon.

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