Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Two New Moons To Go. . .

Until the next opportunity to observe World Day of Conscience.

Unfortunately not much is likely to happen on August 1st 2008 since I have had very little practical support for my proposal and do not have the time and resources to promote it single-handedly. The only way that World Day of Conscience will ever become established as a world-wide examination of conscience is if enough people around the world decide that it is a good idea and work to promote World Day of Conscience and organize observances in the areas that they live.

3 Comments:

Blogger Chalicechick said...

Too bad you weren't able to organize anything. Have you thought of just picking a nice, open park and putting up something on Craigslist asking interested people to meet you there?

Also, I saw your comment at Ms. Kitty's about UUs not celebrating "World Day of Conscience" and I wanted to mention that think a fair number of UUs actually do celebrate a world day of conscience, because they celebrate the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

I've been meaning to ask you for awhile how your proposed holiday would differ from Yom Kippur, which has conscience and atoning for wrongs as its focus and has been celebrated since biblical times. (cf. Leviticus 23:27)

If it helps, I've attended at least two UU ministers' sermons on Yom Kippur and what we can learn from it, so it's an idea that does have resonanace with even some UUs. Two of my husband's best friends are Jewish and we've been invited to worship with them this year and we plan to.

Indeed, in 2015, World Day of Conscience and Yom Kippur will even be on the same day as there will be a solar eclipse on yom kippur.

My guess is that if people aren't recognizing Yom Kippur, they aren't likely to start recognizing a very similar holiday without Yom Kippur's tradition. That might be part of the issue in World Day of Conscience not catching on.

Dunno. My two cents.

CC

11:29 AM  
Blogger Yewtree said...

Hi Robin

It's just been pointed out to me that this corona looks a lot like this sculpture - in view of our conversation about haloes and eclipse coronas, I thought you would enjoy that thought.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Thanks Yvonne for pointing that out. I am well acquainted with how depictions of the sun with rays around it are almost certainly inspired by the sun's corona that only becomes visible during total solar eclipses. Likewise, as I pointed out to you elsewhere, depictions of ancient sun gods with spiky rayed "haloes" surrounding their heads are inspired by the same phenomena. It is pretty much the same idea only the sun is even more anthropomorphized than the one in the picture you sent me.

10:31 AM  

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