2020: #HappyNewDecade or We Wait for 2021

Dec 31, 2019

“Time is a human concoction, a deliberate obstruction of human arrogance” if Rick and Morty the adult animated science fiction sitcom was to go by. To make sense of our past and present humans came up with years and decades-quantitative terms originating  from the many calendars invented; Gregorian calendar, Aztecan etc.

In the Gregorian calendar system, where years are measured in terms of Earth orbits on the sun. One lap around that celestial fireball in the sky equals a year, ten is called a decade. This wasn’t the case with the Julian calendar which was created to permanently solve “years of confusion" brought about by omission of too many intercalations. The Julian calendar was based on the phases of the moon. These calendars no matter how they differed (the former was derived from the latter), time went on passing.

2020 0r 2021 which marks the beginning of the new decade? This question led my mind in to a vortex of confusion, emanating from the many responses I read from the chats in this WhatsApp group I joined for nerds and non-conformists. Convection states that today(GMT/EAT) at the stroke of midnight a new decade will be ushered in, should I be the new Grinch that ruins the "sparkle of the new decade?” Even though the group was made up of staunch nerds it had a crop of nerds looking forward to use the hashtag HappyNewDecade. Is there an answer to this debate?

“Who in his right minds starts counting from zero? There’s no recording to show of a zero year?” One of the pendants in the 2021 camp opened the debate with one of what will be many arguments to support their case. Their argument stems from a fundamental truth rather fact: AD an abbreviation of Anno Domini, a system within the Gregorian calendar used to number years has no year zero. All years started from digit one. It was the first year of the Common Era  (CE), of the 1st millennium and of the 1st Century that went from January 1, year 1 to December 31, 2010. The same reasoning applies this decade began on January 1, 2011 and will end on December 31, 2020.

The other divide made of people looking forward to use the many decade hashtags already going around on twitter and the many Instagram captions differed with the 2021 brigade. To them the decades are listed as 90’s, 60’s & 70’s, 2020 will be the 20’s. Customarily decades are counted from zero to nine. It will definitely be a bummer if you say someone born in 1990 was from the 80’s

This debate can go on and on, people forget that calendrical systems are abstractions of human arrogance in the face of an indifferent universe, well it’s all up to the person, so if you want to start the decade tomorrow or 2021 go for it. The bottom line is; time is a powerful force. It transforms our preferences. It reshapes our values. It alters our personalities. There’s so much that happens in a decade only if we look backwards.

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Written by Jimmie Chengo

 


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