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Date Posted: 20:45:55 12/25/05 Sun
Author: anom, who should really have known better by now
Subject: perspective, & belated happy *summer* solstice w/my apologies to the entire southern hemisphere!
In reply to: frisby 's message, "And give thanks that we finally know that ..." on 23:48:42 12/24/05 Sat

Even after reading posts from Australians & New Zealanders specifically mentioning it--even mentioning the seasonal reversal--I haven't entirely lost my Northern Hemisphere-centric perspective.

But this, like the idea of the sun's being a star, is a concept that wasn't known until comparatively recent historic times, in most of the world. (BTW, frisby, do you know why "clockwise" is the direction it is? Why shouldn't it be, literally, the other way around?) The time between the general acceptance of these 2 ideas is barely a blip in the larger perspective.

Perspective is also a question of things in relation to each other. We have seasons, marked by solstices & equinoxes, because of the tilt of Earth's axis in relation to the sun. Since there's no astronomical body w/a relation to the galaxy like that of the sun to the Earth, there's no mechanism for similar divisions of the galactic year, any more than there are a galactic day & night that get longer & shorter over the course of that year. (This came up in your Nietzsche thread last year, right?)

Anyway. Happy (Earth) solstice to you too, frisby, & to all our Southern & Northern Hemisphere neighbors. Nice to hear from you again!

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