The Calendar is Broken!
As the stroke of midnight ended December 31, 2019, we entered a new year. Everyone (except a few conspiracy theorists) who uses the Gregorian Calendar agrees with that. The vast majority of those users seem to believe that we have also entered a new decade. If that is true, we at The Truth Today can only conclude that the Gregorian Calendar is seriously damaged and has been since its very inception. (If it’s “common knowledge”, it’s true. right?)
We’re not referring to the 6 BC to 4 BC mistake regarding the birth year of Jesus of Nazareth. Only theologians and historians care about that. Today, it’s likely that more of the calender’s users refer to CE and BCE rather than AD and BC … and, most of those who still use AD and BC have no idea what AD means. If 2020 is the beginning of a new decade, the calendar has been running one year too fast since Pope Gregory XIII introduced it on October of 1582.
By definition, the Gregorian Calendar had no Year Zero. Before the birth of Jesus was BC; the Year One was the first year of Jesus’ life. Again by definition, a decade is 10 years. Therefore, the first decade of the first century was composed of the years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Adding 2,010 years to the first decade, it becomes obvious that the second decade of the 21st Century includes the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. (Many noticed this mistake when 1999 became 2000 … the last year of the 20th Century.)
The Truth Today believes that we can and must fix the calendar. Obviously, we cannot correct the recorded dates of all events since the calendar was introduced. In 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced the calendar that bears his name, it was necessary to remove 10 days in order to synchronize the calendar with astronomical events like the equinoxes and solstices. If we do it now, before everyone gets used to writing 2020, we can synchronize the calendar with the “common knowledge” that decades end when a year ending in 9 is complete.
We must immediately declare that the current year is 2019 making next year the beginning of the 202nd decade of the calendar. The benefits will be dramatic:
- The calendar and “common knowledge” will agree … now and forever.
- We’ll be free of the “I wrote the wrong year” mistake for a whole year.
- Nobody born in or before 2019 will get any older for another 12 months.
- In keeping with the concept of leap years, we can designate the 201n years a “leap decade”.
- Everyone will get an extra year’s income. (That should stimulate the economy.)
- Donald Trump will gain one more year as Preside …
Wait a minute! Maybe we should leave the calendar as it is and tell the calendar purists to stop bothering the rest of us with their nonsense.