– Change the Calendar, Change the World? Really?

In my review of a book on Cherokee Women’s Voices, I commented that the change in the calendar, from the traditional East Coast native American way of seeing time, to the Gregorian Calendar, played a large role in cementing the ‘civilization’ plan to Europeanize Native Americans.

See:  http://meowdate.dreamwidth.org/8663.html

But I wonder whether all the work those of us in the Calendar Reform movement do will really lead to the cultural change, and hence the world change, that we want to see?  In inclusive calendar should, hopefully, make people think more open-mindedly, or at least think in terms of Humanity rather than just the Christianity of 2014 AD, or Judaism’s 5773, or Islam’s 6xxx years?   But are we calendar reformers too optimistic?  How do we all come to think of ourselves as just human beings, rather than Black, White, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, American, Russian, Ukranian, etc?

In Service to Community Cooperation, and Fraternite,


U.N. Date: Thursday, October 5. 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)

(updated to add NVC for Cultural Change also…), Read, Write, Dream, Teach !

20 March, 12016 HE (updated to include link to the book review on Goodreads and 2 new tags, 8 February, 12017 HE…)

5 thoughts on “– Change the Calendar, Change the World? Really?

  1. I am grateful for the discussions on alternative currencies, but prefer to consider the democratic processes involved in our monetary systems. I have not got much time, but would like to share my work on Shared Monetary Governance, which was a cross-currency study on the democratic processes used by various currency institutions, including Time Banks, Ithaca Hours (and all I. Hours based currencies), LETS, private issue and national monetary institutions. It is a bit technical, but the upshot is that opennes, transparency, and participartory processes are the key to an inclusive currency. In terms of viability, I looked at scale, which seems to show that with more than 120-150 people, the Free Rider problems leads to hyper-inflation. There is more to it, of course, depending on individual circumstances, but I salut your work, and thank you for opening these dialogues.
    ShiraDestinie Jones Landrac, MPhil
    Today’s ‘normal’ date is: Saturday November 8, 2014
    Today’s U.N. Date is: Wednesday, November 8, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)

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