ADVENT DAY TWELVE: Christmas. It’s not long away. And to celebrate advent, new content will be added to this blog every day in the countdown to the big day. You’ll see reviews, opinion pieces, links to some of my other work, videos – maybe even a short story! Remember to check back every day (in between the mad rush of packing presents, getting the freezer stocked up and watching Home Alone on repeat).
Today is the last day in many of our lives – certainly the last of the century – to have a so-called ‘perfect date.’ The phenomenon won’t happen again until 1st January 2101.
Personally, I won’t see another date like this unless I get to the age of 110. It’s unlikely to say the least. For anyone significantly younger than me, you might just see the 01.01.01. But why is it special?
Its importance, perhaps, lies in our subconscious satisfaction with symmetry, a trait that helps us organise our lives and even judge who we end up with. The Daily Mail reports:
“Some scientists believe we are programmed to react to symmetry – in choosing partners who will be good breeding material: so whether it is a perfectly balanced face or a mathematical sequence, we take a pleasure in it.”
It’s been dubbed a “World Day of Interconnectedness,” where goodwill will reign, apparently. The world is celebrating in many different ways:
- In Hong Kong, Singapore and America, today symbolises love – and so many are getting married.
- Some believe today is the end of the world, based on the cycle of 260 days, called tzolkin, of the Mayan calendar. Others think this will be on 21st December 2012 – whereas many believe the latter date to instead be the start of a new era.
- Marvel Comics has, perhaps coincidentally, released Scarlet Spider #12 today.
- In Chinese numerology, 12 is a balance between yin and yang, bringing harmony to all.
- Pope Benedict XVI has tweeted for the very first time.
- In Britain, the mad Christmas rush continues.
Yes, today is important. But then, if we see the importance in our own set calendar (which let’s face it, holds no bearing on the planet or its nature, but is just defined by the most dominant race on Earth), surely every day is important.
After all, if we stick by the current Gregorian calendar, we’ll never again see any given date again: 12th December 2012 will never happen again; neither will 13th December 2012; 14th December 2012 – and so on! It’d be hard to mark each day with the same significance today is getting. The most we can do is to make the best of what comes our way.
12.12.12 may be special. That date won’t ever happen again. But neither will any date.
(Thanks to RT.)