A simple yet impossible policy decision that could change our culture
Happy new year for the teacherpeople
Multiple universe time again!
In one universe, the standard model, the one we’re all moistly we’re in agreement with, this one? The new year begins on January 1.
In the universe of fools, where the logic of fools is dominant, new year’s day is April 1. I celebrate that day.
That’s a bit of pretense and a little pomp with a squidgy little bit of marketing. Utterly ineffective.
Think of it as this fool’s attempt to mimic the card makers when they invented Mother’s day.
Oh we all have our biases and blind spots.
Mine is towards teacherpeople.
The reasoning is simple.
I come from teacherpeople.
My mom was a teacher. My wife was a teacher. My grandmothers taught. My aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephew and even my daughter now teaches.
Many of you even are teacherpeople.
You teacher people you?
I’ve been surrounded by y’all my whole life. It’s no wonder I became a classic class clown and a Remarkable Fool.
But don’t worry my teacherpeople friends.
Please put down the angry red pen of shame.
Replace it of your blue rubber stamp smiley face.
This post is here to lift you up.
My suggestion is simple: Make today, September 1, the official start of new year.
I mean January 1?
This date does not work. It’s too cold and not enough light.
Corporate people with their ‘year end’ stuff?
Year end for them seems fairly arbitrary.
Though many places in the Canadian government have agreed that March 31 is their corporate year end, others seem to make it up as they go along. It’s like they’re saying:
When would you like the year to end for your bunch? April 1? Sure Ok. Any other times work for you? Ok. Well, we can do that as well.
All of this is a problem.
Today should be where everyone marks the beginning of a new year.
First, at least where we live, it coincides with the beginning of the new school year. If you live in a place where this is not true, please adjust accordingly. By stacking New Years day on top of our return to school, we’re setting ourselves up to celebrate and value learning.
By moving New Years Day from January 1 to September 1, we can turn everyone into a student. Imagine a population of perpetual students, lathered in life long learning. The teacherpeople would be so powerful and teachers so respected movie stars would leave their profession for just a glimmer of a chance of moving into the profession.
A society of life long learners. Imagine the humility. Imagine the creativity. Imagine the innovation. Imagine the fireworks. Seriously. If a small civic summer holiday can host fireworks that petrify my pets and send my shell shocked ex military ptsd neighbor running for her bomb shelter, just think about how big and loud we would be able to make the fireworks celebrating New Years Day on September 1.
The weather would be so much better. We could have all new traditions. Gone are the traditional New Years Levees. They’ll get replaced by new, improved, new years pop quizzes. Instead of getting drunk, groped and falling down some stairs only to break a heel, we can all take turns delivering ill prepared presentations for bunch of people we barely know and only marginally like more than herpes.
What’s more September 1 is a time of plenty. Here in the North, it’s harvest time. Summer has had a chance to deliver on the promise of spring. My yard is currently bursting with so much food, I need to eat my way to the car most mornings.
Instead of beginning our years in the darkness, chaos and scarcity of winter, we could begin with a sense of abundance.
That’s really it. Imagine living in a world of lifelong learners where our lizard brains are super relaxed due to the abundance that surrounds us.
But hell, why wait for the government?
Why wait for everyone to agree?
Become a corporation unto yourself.
Or, if you’re a CEO, move your year end to August 31. Make September 1 New Years Day.
And if you’re not a CEO, become the CEO of your own life. Make September 1 your new New Year’s day and dwell in abundance as a life long learner.