Vast dome of god-magma, spare us!
That was close. Had we chosen a different calendar, things might have gone differently. The Great Cycle, though, has been completed and now, we stand upon the apron of a new Age.
Stephen Jay Gould wrote a slim volume back at the turn of the century about Millennialism, calendars, the human urge to impose order upon the innately disordered. He wrote lovingly about what is basically our habit of taxonomic assertion. These things go here, those over there, and by all means we must keep this stuff apart.…