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December 1999

PO Box 1980

Two views on consensual celebration

This is in response to the letter writers (July 1999) who objected to the timing of your planned millennium issue, and who advocated January 1, 2001 as the correct beginning of the millennium. By that logic, the current decade began in 1991. Calendars are artificial systems created by human beings to help us organize and keep track of our lives, our society, and our history. Days and years are natural phenomena, but our numbering, ordering, and naming of them are purely arbitrary; they begin and end when social consensus says they do. The overwhelming social consensus is that the new millennium will begin on January 1, 2000. That's when the parties will go on, and the special millennium issues will go out.

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