Happy Imperfection Day
by: Paul W. Sharkey
Celebrating imperfections is not new, not even to religious traditions. For me however this particular day affords one of the best ironic and paradoxical opportunities to celebrate being an apathetic agnostic. For if it weren’t for the fact that everyone else seems to want to make a big deal about this being “leap day,” I wouldn’t know or care. For you see, besides being an apathetic agnostic, I am also retired.
I simply don’t care that the Good Lord (or whoever) didn’t set it up so that the rotation of the Earth upon its axis when taken together with the rotation of the moon around it and then the rotation of both around the sun doesn’t work out to some nice mathematical formula expressible in ratios of simple integers. To me, every day is an integer and that integer is “1.”
In nature free of human artifice, days don’t come with names or numbers:
I’ve experienced them cold and hot,
sunny and not,
dry and wet,
some windy, you bet
but names and numbers, I haven’t seen yet.
I don’t need to know (or care)
if its Sunday, Saturday, or Monday.
The only thing that’s obvious
is the fact that each is one day.
Naming and counting days (weeks, months, years) is an artificial activity something (like religion) we humans have created to amuse, annoy, and worry ourselves about. They are ours. We made them and should therefore take responsibility for them without trying to lay the blame on someone else Supreme Being or not for what we ourselves have created.
How do I know each day? Because at the end of yesterday I was tired and at the end of today I will be re-tired.
- Some Eastern religions (e.g., Zen Buddhism) even incorporate intentional imperfections (now ain’t that paradoxical and ironic) in their art works.
- A more “rational” world calendar was proposed by/to the United Nations in 1955 but was opposed by the United States “on religious grounds” see:
The history, variety and number of calendar proposals seems to be rivaled only by the history, number and variety of religions
- Perhaps this is the solution to understanding the age-old problem of explaining what “day” means (at least for the first three “days” before the creation of the sun on the 4th day) in Genesis 1:1-31?
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