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The Hope Of December Thirty-First

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New years Eve is a milestone to celebrate in 2011. So much has happened this year, all those roller coaster ups and downs this past 365 and 1/4 days: earthquakes, tsunami’s, volcanic activity and changing weather patterns to political and financial upheaval and the loss of Jobs and Taylor. They are now footnotes of history, recorded and thought of as landmarks, as Earth rotates on its tilted axis wobbling around the sun.

Some say the final day of December is unnecessary, although they acknowledge that December Thirty-First is the last twenty-four hour period defined by the vertical line (The International Date Line), intersecting the Pacific Ocean as it moves to the east, thus completing one rotation of Earth as it revolves around the sun; they also claim that the instant the planet reaches the line is where the new cycle begins for Earth, dismissing the need for a Thirty-First day of December as an illusion. The International Date Line, they argue was an arbitrary concept created by scientists, mathematicians, politicians and religious leaders of the time to define the orderly transition of Earth’s spin, towards the east.

Nevertheless, this is a remarkable achievement since it took everyone, everywhere to agree for the system to work. Perhaps there is hope that there is something else on which they can all agree.