Friday, December 31, 2010

363 / Last Day Of The Year

Why does this woman look puzzled? Well, isn't the last day of the year supposed to be the 365th day of the year? Isn't a blog called "Two Worlds / 365" supposed to have 365 entries, not 363? Unless it's a Leap Year, of course, and if it were a Leap Year, isn't it then supposed to have 366 entries?

Well, yes!!

I actually figured out that I had made some mistakes in numbering my entries on or about November 1st. That's when it became clear to me that I was going to be "behind" when I hit December 31st. And I diagnosed the problem, too. It turns out that I put in two entries for day #78. The first #78 entry was on March 19th, and was about desalination. The second #78 entry was on March 20th, and was about Hannah Arendt. But I did it again, too. I put in two entries for day #263, as well. The first #263 entry was on September 21st, and was about Schopenhauer's "Will and Representation." The second #263 entry was on September 22nd, and was titled "A Two Worlds Picture."

Luckily, I wasn't responsible for the calculations intended to get a rocket to the moon. A small error, early on, might have sent the astronauts to Alpha Centauri. I guess there's a lesson there. Maybe it is as simple as "there is always tomorrow." Time for a new start.

Here is a quote from Hannah Arendt, in her book, On Revolution, which I believe is a profoundly important book:
The modern concept of revolution, inextricably bound up with the notion that the course of history suddenly begins anew, that an entirely new story, a story never known or told before, is about to unfold, was unknown prior to the two great revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century.
One of those revolutions, of course, was the American Revolution, and if there is an appropriate summation to my year-long set of ruminations on my "two world" hypothesis, it is that the world we create (the human world, the "political world" that we define by our actions) is always susceptible of change.

That is true, of course, only as long as we don't destroy the basis for our human world, by forgetting about its absolute dependence on the world of Nature (the world that God created, the world that exists independently of anything we do, and the "laws" of which define "inevitable" truths of reality). As long as we don't destroy the world of Nature, there is always "tomorrow."

We have, in "our world," as long as we live, in our personal life, and in the life we live together, the opportunity to tell a "new story." Whatever we did today, or yesterday, tomorrow we can tell a story "never known or told before."

It is my "revolutionary" wish on the last day of this year that we can tell a new, and better, story tomorrow, in the New Year to come.

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