As befitting a crazy old man, I have a number of pet peeves: people who drive on my lawn, dogs who bark all...frikkin'...night, refrigerated peanut butter, and politically-correct numbskulls who insist on being politically correct numbskulls.
I could go on and on about such nonsense. But, one aspect of "PC Nonsense" has consistently given me fits for decades ("decades"...hence the crazy old man part).
While I'm quite sure that I've touched on this many times in the past ("many"...hence the crazy old man part), I feel I need to revisit it. So, this may be a kind of a repost, but it's really not because I haven't checked back to see when exactly I discussed it last. So, don't worry. Nothing about this is a repeat (well, except the subject matter).
|"Nothing funny about chapped 'nads! |
For at least thirty-five years (and I'm sure it's been quite a bit longer than that), historians, teachers, and laypeople having been using the "BCE" and "CE" conventions when identifying historical events.
Apparently, they feel "Before Common Era" and "Common Era" are much more preferable-and sensitive to other cultures-than "BC-Before Christ" and "AD-Anno Domini."
NOTE: It is a very common (pardon the pun) misconception that "AD" means "After Death." While "After Death" would be a nifty bookend to a "Before Christ" designation, this isn't true in the least. It actually means "In the Year of Our Lord."
|"Besides...hello? I was alive for 33 years."|
Take a pagan. Please. He'd probably rather live in the the "Year of Our Sacred Tree."
|"As if that would be so bad."|
|"Mr. Penwasser's joke about atheists |
was not intended to offend anyone.
Swear to God."
What really gets me is that this is politically-correct sleight of hand which seeks to make everyone feel good about things without changing a single thing.
So, it's the "Common" era. Which starts around the time of Christ's birth.
NOTE: Even though historians believe Jesus was born in B.C. 4. Or, roughly, four years before He was born.
|"Bad news? You're gonna have to stay here for a few years. |
Hope the smell doesn't get too bad."
|"We can marry kids?"|
"Hey, Penwasser says so."
Surprisingly, while Judaism had been around for a lot longer than
|"Plus, we didn't want to start any trouble. |
We're gonna have enough problems as it is."
If you wanted to make sure
|"Now that that whole |
calendar thing is taken care of,
can we start 'Duck, Duck, Goose'?"
But, think of the calendar industry. Oh, the humanity! And, we'd have to go through that whole pain-in-the-ass Y2K thing again. I don't feel like explaining that to you here. Hmmm, come to think of it, I haven't come up with a 'Y' input yet...
|"And Scientology? |
What about Scientology?"
Okay, so maybe religion is out of the question. What about using something more secular as a way to date things? A long time ago (you know, before Christ), the Romans used the founding of the Eternal City as the point at which we say "go." To those of us using the Gregorian Calendar (not explaining that either...and I already have a 'G,' so just take my word), this was in B.C. 753.
NOTE: Before anybody hits me with a "GOTCHA!," I realize some folks don't use this exact date.
To Claudius and the Gladiators, this was 0 AUD (I forgot what 'AUD' means and don't have time to look it up. I have to go to work soon. Cut me some slack).
To those of us who don't urinate on our clothes to get them clean (subject of a post from years ago), this would really be the year 2769 AUD.
Perhaps, if that seems too huge, we could adopt the fall of the
|"Hey, I hear you people piss on your clothes. |
Yep, time for you to go."
Granted, all of the above is silly. Then again, changing the designation of things just to change things to make everyone feel good about themselves even though things really don't change is pretty silly, too.
If we're going to be silly, I would just as soon go full-on silly. Wouldn't it be a hoot that, instead of 2016 A.D., this was the year 1 ABB?
|"After Bruce's Boobs, silly."|