The “6 day Calendar” a.k.a. the “6 day/week calendar” -Simplified calendar (1.0)
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The “1 week =6 days” or the “6 days/week Calendar”, in short the “6 day Calendar™” is my idea how we should number, name and count our days in a year. We could say that in the digital age it is pointless changing our current (for a plain people like me) not logical calendar to a new one and it might cause some difficulties and challenges in the beginning, but I think on a long run it would be beneficial especially for the future generations.
The conception of the “6 day calendar” is that every week would consist of 6 days and all but 1 month would be 30 day long. The only exception would be December, which would contain 35 or 36 days. So there would be 12 months a year, 30 days (and thus 5 weeks)/month (30 day long months), and 6 days/week (6 day long weeks) with the exception of December.
- every year would start with Monday, 1st of January, and every year would end with either on Friday or on Saturday (so if the December is only 35 day long the last week and eventually the year would end on Friday, when it is 36 day long the last day of the year would be Saturday).
- Every birthday, name day would be on the same day, so if you were born on Friday all the anniversaries of your birthdays would be on Friday. With this everyone would associate themselves with a specific day and thus there are chances that people start to remember more frequently on their birthdays, by saying e.g.: that today is Monday and I was born on Monday. (Naturally we could remember that fact as well even now, but usually since our actual birthday is always on a different day every year, as far as the name of the day is concerned, we don’t bother remembering that actual name of the day. So even if I was born on Tuesday, I usually don’t remember that fact… and according to the 6 day calendar my birthday would be on Saturday, which would be incorrect, but I could accept that also since for me it’s all the same.)
- There would be no 7th day in the week, so no Sundays, which might be not acceptable for certain religions. (On the other hand we could name the 6th days of the week Sunday…)
- In the new calendar most of the days would be on different days (only administratively) compared to the current calendar. – Certain dates would be deleted like 31st January –there would be no month ending with 31st which will affect everyone whose birthday is on this day. So e.g.: if you were born on the 31st of January your birthday would be on the 01st of February. And if you were born on the 01st of February you could choose between 01 and 02. The 02nd of February is the correct one. (check out my date conversation excel on my website)
- We should renumber certain famous dates, if we want to be correct -so as far as national and international holidays are concerned we would have 2 options. 1) We could renumber the day e.g.: 31st of December could be 35th or 36th 2) Or we could keep the original day number, thus moving the original day to a different place of the calendar -e.g.: if we want Christmas to be on 24th Dec it would mean that compared to the original 24th Dec it would be on a different day. The day moved, since originally 7 days after 24th of December a year ended with 31, but in the new system the year will end with the day 35 or 36. (So for 24th of December the correct date would be if we moved the day to 28th Dec.)
- Some significant historical date would be also on different days if we want to be correct on the other hand we could leave them the way they were before the change. (04th of July would be on the 5th of July if we want to be correct). I think we could leave them the way they were, since hundreds and thousands of years ago 1 or 2 days different would not change the significance of the event (and thus we should not change every date in the history books). Billions of people died nameless if we examine a 2000 year long period and only a few names remained still in our conscious mind: Jesus, Alexander the Great, Buddha… If written history expands some of the greatest name will be excluded from the books, we will be nameless, and the twentieth century will be remembered as the black century of the environment.
The benefit of the “6 day Calendar” would be among others that we wouldn’t need to print out so many calendars, because our calendar would be valid forever (thus fewer trees would be destroyed, which means less tools to be made, less fuel, less dedicated trucks, less people employed in the calendar and the supporting industry…) and it would be easier to remember the days and their numberings. There would be naturally many changes apart from the numberings that might cause some discomfort for some people and in the above few lines I outline the major changes. Obviously this change would not affect the mind of the youngest generation (5-6 years and below) and the primitive societies. Probably they would be happier with the simple design, and within a few years, maybe decades it would be normal for everyone.
With the new counting we could also change the way we work and we could work 4 days in each and every week and the last 2 days of the week would be the weekend. This means 20 days work pro month and 10 days break (+ additional holidays, pay leaves). This would be almost the same as now (a few days less…), because currently we have to work 20 days pro 28 days…
I think creating a much simpler system (by reducing the administration and eliminating unnecessary works and jobs) has greater benefits than continuing the old and complicated way. The reduced weeks and any probable inconvenience is a matter of habits (the idea won’t hurt anyone physically or psychologically.) If we have to spend too much time with administration that indicates a bad social structure -and this is what we’re doing now. We’re wasting our times maintaining outdated systems, habits and we producing garbage… There are more important things that we should concentrate on, there are more important things to do and learn than remembering and counting complicated calendars amongst the many other wasteful activities…
There are other alternatives to simplify the calendars, but those would also infect the number of the months which would not be that beneficial.
If we have 28 day long months with weeks with 7 days, we would have 13 months and the last one would be 29 or 30 days long. The last day of the year would be usually Monday and in case of a leap year it would be Tuesday, than we would start the following year with Monday. With this setup there would be more differences with the certain dates (including birthdays, holidays, but in reality this calendar could also work properly, although for me the 6-day calendar is more sympathetic…)
In case of the 36 days long months we would have 6 day long weeks and eventually 10 months with the last one consisting of 41-42 days. This would mean even more deviation from the current dates, so because of this I would not recommend it.
Additionally to the calendar change, I would also standardized the way we write the form of the dates to the “year/month/day” + ”hour/minute/second…” format internationally, since it is easier to managed in the computer and we would reduce additional misunderstandings. Now the US uses the “month/Day/year” format, which can result in many complications with the “Day/month/year” format which is used in the UK, Spain…. E.g.: in case of 3.10.2010 -is it March or October?
(And an other idea which would be a bit harder to implement is changing how English people named the numbers from 13-19. The problem is that they sound similar to larger numbers and there is lots of confusion especially amongst people who are not native English. So what I mean is that 13-30, 14-40, 15-50, 16-60, 17-70, 18-80, 19-90 sounds nearly similar for the people who are beginners in English. So I would suggest pronouncing the 13 as ten-three and not thirteen which could be misunderstood as thirty.
I would also suggest to the Germans to change the way they read numbers. E.g.: in the case of pronouncing 47 – instead of saying 7+40 (Sieben und Vierzig = 7 and 40) -they could say 47 (Vierzig Sieben =47) -a lot more easier…)
Well I hope in our near future we will all enjoy the benefit of the simplified calendar. If you think that our life (but especially the life of the people 100 year from now) would be simpler print out your own “6-day calendar” and support our cause.
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