Posted by Kitten on January 03, 2000 at 23:43
In Reply to: Millennium Clarification posted by WetCanadian on January 03, 2000 at 21:16
I, too, was a "purist" about this for about two years, then gave up. There is something about seeing the change from "999" to "000" that gets people excited. I'm sure that more people than you think agree that officially the new millenium doesn't start until next year, but with all the hype about Y2K, etc., no one cared one way or the other anymore. I'm sure they didn't have this problem going from 999 to 1000 since most of the world's population at that time had very little knowledge of calendars, especially the modern Christian calendar. Although there were "millenium" celebrations worldwide (and t.v. probably prompted a lot of them), many cultures do not believe this is the year 2000, since 2000 marks the years since the death of Christ, and most of the world's population (numberswise) are not Christians. However, since the Western world rules business, etc. I guess we get to tell people what year it is.
Somehow I am reminded of a song by Chicago "Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care . . . ".