In his modern masterpiece, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, British humorist Douglas Adams writes: “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” His words spring to mind whenever I find myself marking a birthday or anniversary or some other occasion built around the regular passage of time. Take for example this post, a recap of the most-read The Stone Mind pieces since the Earth last made its whirling, elliptical career around the sun.
Why do we choose a year as the appropriate amount of time for retrospection? Why not 10 days, or three months, or five years? And why put the “start” of this year in January and not in March (like the Mesopotamians once did) or September (like the ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians)? ‘Tis arbitrary, true, but in its arbitrariness lies another, related truth: this time is as good as any.
In keeping with the tastes of the internets, many of the posts enumerated below are listicles, how-tos, infographics, or scatologically themed; a few of them are of a more serious and personal nature; and one deals with the death of climber who made it his business to explore the outer edges of life. All of them are incomplete, biased, and come with a strict no-refunds policy. So without further ado:
As always, thanks for reading and enjoy. May your next 31,557,600 seconds, no matter how arbitrary, be peaceful, thought-provoking, and fulfilling.