Calendar Reform in the 21st Century?

Many are creating new calendar systems to attain a greater agreement with astronomical observation ("precision"). The greater precision or simplicity of a calendar is the main argument for calendar reform. But this is not what the common human readily identifies as a need (see below).

The currently (1998) dominant calendric and time systems are

These will not be changed, unless a majority of the great lobbying parties supports a reform. These lobbying parties are medical curing, communication and trade, industry, and transport (in order of amount of money spent on lobbying in the US 1998) - in other words, big businesses that want to make monetary profit.

That is why the daylight saving time reform was so widely adopted: it was favored by economic advisors. The older Gregorian system persists, because even a supposedly "simple" change is still very costly (Example: Y2K changeover) because of old software systems.

Unless a calendric reform doesn't promise at least one of these "advantages":

it is very unlikely to be accepted.

Since change is so difficult to manage, it is unlikely that we will see a calendar reform in the next century, unless a global change of consciousness happens (by cataclysmic disaster, war, technology, devotion, individual empowerment or otherwise). This being so, the most probable scenario for the 21st century appears to be "business-as-usual" in relation to calendar and timekeeping.

That is why I'd like a diversification of calendars and time systems. The business world will not want to change their ISO systems, but the people will want to use their own private calendars for

If you know of another interesting or amusing non-standard use of calendars, or even appropriate URLs for this list, please let me know!

Calendars are abundant, but relative and local; unlike Einstein's reform of Newtonian physics - that happened for a compelling "universal" reason. Here is a list of reasons that I do not deem compelling for a global calendar change.

Indonesia and especially Bali are examples where different calendars are used in parallel. I don't see why this should not be possible in the Western world, where traditionally Christian cultures get more and more multi-religious.

After all, it is still Your Time (Advice for Prospective Calendar Makers).


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