Advantages of the World Calendar
What could be made better by a calendar reform? A written opinion from the United Nations has been in existence since 1947. Quote:
- Since the "world calendar" is perpetual, all years would be identical except for the supplementary day in Leap Years and it, therefore, has all the advantages of a fixed calendar
- Its method of dividing the year into four equal and identical quarters makes it possible to use the quarter an a unit of sub-division, which is very convenient for certain aspects of everyday life.
- With the existence of this calendar, statistical surreys, budgetary estimates, financial operations and plans for economic and social organization may be drawn up in a much simpler fashion. Comparisons between any two periods may be drawn with simpler calculations and fixed formulae.
- Furthermore, periodic events, such as the convening of a Parliament, can be permanently fixed as to both the date and the day of the week.
- The stability of the calendar also makes it possible to contemplate the stabilization of festivals which are at present movable.
- It must be noted that this reform would, to a great extent, meet the need of improving the measurement of time from the economic and social point of view.
Do we need a calendar reform?
As a practically-inclined person, who has a lot to do with planning, there is no doubt for me that this World Calendar is a "must". From a rational point of view, the answer is clearly "yes". But emotional reasons decide! The time is still not quite right. The reason for the rejection of a calendar reform is the one day too many, which as a neutral day, "blank day", interrupts the seven-day-cycle.
When considering the subject I have had to recognise that a calendar reform could not be introduced as easily as the metric system was, as calendars are much more than an instrument by which to divide the year, they are a reflection of human culture.
What then needs to be changed?
Only two points:
1) The introduction of a neutral day
2) The determination of the Easter date
A calendar is no law of nature. It lives, changes and adapts to the requirements of man. There were many calendars prior to the Gregorian calendar. They all had to give way to new understandings.
With an increasing self-awareness, there is a desire from people, who today are still seen as developing nations, for an unproblematic calendar which has neither originated from the pope nor from the West.
The time when the majority of the countries in the United Nations shall see a calendar as just a measurement of time, will come. At least then will the calendar be determined by intellect and not by feelings.
Then there will be a calendar reform.