Happy 5776 everybody!

5776

Graphic by Andrew Marc Greene

No, I’m not Jewish. I just wish we used the Jewish calendar, in which case we’d be starting 5776 now.

It’s just that, well, when I think about the vastness of the universe and the age of the earth, sometimes I get depressed that we’re so young as a species. I mean, come on — dinosaurs ruled the planet for about 200 million years, and we’ve been here what, maybe 1 million (depending on when you count “humanity” as starting). Now is that fair?

Imagine what the world would be like if we have 200 million years of scientific advancement. Look how far we’ve come just in the last 100 years. For that matter, when I think of the vast changes that have occurred just in my lifetime, I am astounded.

So when I think of a calendar having 2015 years, it just seems so short. Like we’re all just babies. Like history started only a few thousand years ago.

At least 5776 sounds like we’ve been around a while.