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Journal of
Calendar Reform















































When TWC starts (2017 or 2023 - Whatever It Takes)
will the Gregorian year series continue
or start over as 0 TWC? 

A:  The year that TWC begins to be used will, of course, be the first TWC year but that fact does not interrupt the Gregorian sequence of years.

Changing the year number – or not - may be important to some people for a variety of reasons.  Debate about that secondary proposal alongside efforts to change the Gregorian calendar to TWC would in fact distract from and possibly delay/prevent the primary goal.  This calendar reform project is already big enough without adding an optional complication.

Try not to get too far ahead of yourself. The World Calendar will be so transformational as a new beginning in human history that the start date significance will connect with and attach to the event itself.  Recognition of the timing, ranging from immediate to over several generations, will result - but not necessarily in association with the reform goal beforehand.                               

Q: What happens to my birthday or
anniversary if the day no longer
appears in The World Calendar?

A: The World Calendar allocates 30 days each in March, May, August and December. Birthdays and other anniversaries that used the Gregorian 31st day in those months will typically use the 30th of the same month for purposes of observance in The World Calendar. As with either calendar, actual celebration dates typically vary according to preference and convenience. Dropping the 31st does not change the fact that an event actually occurred on the 31st. Records such as birth certificates and drivers licenses continue to use the 31st whenever that is the accurate date from the past. Similarly, obituaries list actual dates, even if The World Calendar no longer uses it. Starting in 2012, without additional repetitions of those four days numbered 31, no more history will be created for them.

Q: Why is the World Calendar better than
the present Gregorian Calendar?

A: IT'S SIMPLE! The logic and simplicity allow instant access from memory without references to paper or computer. Schools and businesses no longer need to juggle around annually shifting combinations of holidays. Equal length quarters allow for better comparisons. Worlds Day and Leap-year Day holidays can help bring a sense of world unity as individuals everywhere celebrate according to their own particular preferences.

ALSO, this planet and its growing population will fare better ecologically without an outmoded calendar unnecessarily drawing upon natural resources. Because it is perpetual, the World Calendar is reusable year after year.

See the COMPARISON CHART for more detail.

Q: Why change in 2017, 2023?

A: The years 2016 and 2022 end on Saturday and the World Calendar always begins on Sunday. This combination allows for transition without any disruption to the flow of daily activity. SEE 'Whatever It Takes' for more detail and significance.

Q: IF not 2012, when?

A: Strictly speaking, other Gregorian calendar years that begin on Sunday would allow similar transition. The earliest recent date would have been 2006, but that was size unreasonably soon for a number of reasons. After 2012, 2017 and 2023 are the next two Gregorian years that begin on Sunday.

One should ask, however, what can't be done between now and 2017 that could actually require waiting until 2017? What can possibly justify five more years of waste and inefficiency? Willingness to act now with sufficient resolution allows 1 January 2012 to remain the ideal transition date.

Q: How could I have missed knowing about
The World Calendar before now?

A: There might not be any single answer, so don't feel like you've been missing out on something obvious. Any answer might include some guesswork since anyone who heard of The World Calendar last century can't say why they didn't and anyone who didn't is left asking why not?

The previous serious attempt to reform the calendar ended in the mid-1950s, about the time black and white televisions were becoming available for home use. Personal computers with satellites to connect them were still decades away. Each advance in communication technology has helped the spread of ideas become less easily controlled and more people are learning about The World Calendar now than ever before.

One thing for sure is that we're glad you are learning about The World Calendar this time around.


Sample of occasional e-mail inquiry:
Q: "I am wondering how you suggest that days of worship be determined under The World Calendar? As you are probably aware, Muslims revere Friday, most Christians consider Sunday their day of worship, while Jews and some Christians consider Saturday to be their day of worship. Have you had feedback from various religious organizations or concerned people regarding the fact (??) that, under The World Calendar, days of worship would shift 1-2 days every year when compared with the current weekly cycle?"

A: 'The option to celebrate each Worldsday and Leapyear Day holiday as a Double Sabbath solves the traditional-week dilemma. Unless and until individuals justify denying themselves this personal and non-prohibited choice, continuity of the week continues without interruption.'
-- The Calendar Has a Mathematical Problem That the Clock Does Not

'Assertions of absolute chronological knowledge when attempting to apply ancient historical calendar data are, simply, risky ventures without solid base. Even the relatively recent development of the week itself varies in definition and accounts of application.'
'When we ignore the most obvious of obstacles in light of available replacements, we consciously shape the future according to the known limits of our circumstances. Ignorance finds acceptance only until willingness to learn affects it accordingly. A world that unnecessarily keeps a calendar that those who use it cannot memorize condemns us to focus on beliefs of past rather than our enlightened future.'

On which day of the week was Earth created? Until you answer that with proof, your questions are part of the exhaustive confusion that previous generations allowed.

There is nothing to fear but fear of self.



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Last updated 30 October 2013