IF WE ARE ONE PLANET, THEN A MANIFESTATION OF THAT CONSCIOUSNESS WILL BE A NEW EARTH CALENDAR

In 1989, Victor Greentree first introduced the Calendar idea in a talk at Northern Hills Unitarian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.

We must ask ourselves: how much of our society's disregard for the earth--as well as the disregard of all of this planet's technically advanced societies'--would be positively affected if the solstices and equinoxes became occasions for major, earth-wide celebrations? On a par with Thanksgiving or Christmas--but much more powerful, for the solstice and equinox ceremonies would not be limited to one nation, or one religious body, but commemorated by every nation at the same time all over the world. If we could establish this connection between man and earth, if we could legalize it and institutionalize it, if we could bring it to consciousness in the public media of television and print, if it were accepted in the everyday talk that people make with each other, would we not then go a long way in establishing an even larger understanding of the earth's time in our collective social unconscious: how nature is expressed in cycles and how we too live within, and depend upon, these cycles? And, if this general principle of cyclic time and reverence for these changes of season and the earth's passing face became accepted social norms routinely ingrained in the mind of humankind, would this attitude not then affect the political and legal decisions that we make and the ways that we live our lives? Would we not then have a deeper and truer understanding of the real significance of, and thus solutions for, "the issues"--such as destruction of forests by lumber companies and use of pesticides--which we now regard as merely economic or medical or political?

If we want to change the way the human species lives on this planet, if we wish to make this a real basic change in the consciousness of men and women, and not just a continuation of our same "dealing with the present issue" approach, if we can imagine a world-wide planetary society in which there is a wholeness and unity so that all aspects, from our inner, individual beliefs to the outer institutions that come out of those beliefs, are in harmony, then I believe a most important step that we can take is to bring about the acceptance and implementation of a new, world-wide calendar. If we change time, if we change the ways human beings perceive time, we change human societies.JOIN THE CIRCLE

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