Let's Talk 2000

December 4, 1995 ­p; Volume 1, Issue 1

"The heartbeat of 2000 A.D. from cyberspace"

Topics covered in this issue:
The Millennium Doctor Speaks
News from the Field:
Talk from the Forum:
New Millennial Sites:
Track with Talk 2000:
Contact Information

The Millennium Doctor Speaks:

"Taking the pulse of 2000 A.D."

With the year 2000 just four years away now, as never before, people are talking about the advent of third millennium. The preparations appear to be focusing on the season, Christmas 1999 to New Year's 2001. The dream? That humanity at the third millennium might somehow echo how the first millennium began: "Peace on Earth, Good will among Men."

"Let's Talk 2000" is my bi-weekly perspective produced from the Talk 2000 forum­p;"the millennium come early on cyberspace."

News from the Field:

"Here is the latest news on year 2000 efforts"

The Millennium Institute, which grew out of the Global 2000 Report to the President, will formally unveil its plans for an Iceland year 2000 head's of state "millennium moment" congress this summer at the June UN HABITAT II conference in Istanbul. Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef, president of the World Muslim Congress says, "I support this initiative to organize a global observance of the year 2000 to accelerate the human turn toward a sustainable future." Contact: millennium@igc.apc.org

In the late '70s, the millennial year was a tempting target for family planners from China. The early '90s, however, forced China to downscale their population goals for 2000. Now global evangelists are learning the same lesson. As part of the "AD2000 & Beyond" Movement, some 262 evangelicals from 77 countries met in Colorado Springs this past week to acknowledge that apart from a miracle, they were unlikely to reach their 15-year goal of "A Church for Every People" by the year 2000. They still have ambitious plans to put a mission team within every people by the millennium. Contact: ad2000@xc.org

Talk from the Forum:

"Here is a recap of recent conversations"

We keep breaking new ground on the Talk 2000 Forum. After you step back, and crack the code, we have been tackling things here which have the potential to transform society for the better at the dawn of the third millennium (1996-2001).

Are you ready for the 4th of Justice, rather than just the 4th of July? How about the 25th of Peace, rather than the 25th of December? Three weeks ago, Eugene Arnold (EKArnold@aol.com) of St. Louis, proposed we do a little calendrical housekeeping before the new millennium, and revise the names of our months according to the highest and best of the human spirit. Hope, Freedom, Aloha, Faith, Friendship, Courage, Justice, Sports, Knowledge, Liberty, Joy, Health, and Peace.

Chris Heathcote <c.m.heathcote@eee.salford.ac.uk> lamented, that with the way people are, the new months are more likely to be called Greed, Anger, Frustration, Hatred, War, Avarice, Spite and Ego, etc. And Ted Daniels <MPREd@aol.com>, our own "millennial court jester," cast his vote for: Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Doc, Sleazy, Snotty, Lazy, Crazy, Wheezy, Surly, Lethal, Sick Leave. And of course, Daniels pleaded for Leap Year Day to become "Bad Hair Day, a national, if not global, holiday."

Those triple zeros in 2000 sure do bring out the creativity! Especially so from our own "titan of time," Bob McClenon <rmcclenon@syncorp.com>. He noted that Arnolds "new month" scheme was a thirteen-month or "World Calendar" proposal, which would likely not pass muster with the Vatican. McClenon then led us through a discussion of how Calendrical Reform by 2001 could bring new names for the 12 months, and could standardize each month day to always fall on the same weekday, such as the 1st of the month always starting on a Sunday. To do all of this, we'd only have to add a Leap "week" (not a leap day) to our calendar in 71 years out of the 400-year cycle of the Common Era calendar. Sounds pretty good doesn't it?

To my knowledge, this is historic. Calendrical reform has been with us since Julius Caesar, but a proposal which aligns our seven day week in twelve standard months, without adding off-week "intercalary" days has never been proposed. Remember, you heard it first on "Talk 2000"! Way to go Bob. Now are there any volunteers to get consensus on this by 2001 from the Vatican, the Royal London Observatory, and 185 other sovereign nations?

Call it just a flash in the pan, or the solar system! With apologies to Arthur C. Clark, Thomas Thompson <tat@ionet.net> asked if any of us heard about an elaborate plan to ignite the planet Jupiter December 31, 1999. After probing, no one, not even Thompson could produce alleged documentation by an ex-NASA employee that the hurling space probe Galileo has a cargo 44 pounds of weapon grade plutonium. I guess this millennial celebration might have to wait till 3000 A.D.!

But don't dismiss how a vision of the "Space Age" could profoundly shape our vision of the next millennium. The terrestial banner to "build new worlds on earth" will be unfurled, but the galactic flag to "build new worlds in space" will fly just as high. Keep in mind the space station, a joint effort by some 15 countries is going up 1998-2002. Add to that space "macro-thinker," Marshall Savage <mtsavage@pipeline.com> is getting a good hearing in the space industry about the "Millennium Project," a grand engineering scheme to colonize space eight "easy steps" over the next 1,000 years. The first step of Marshall's scheme is to build new worlds at sea. Who knows by the turn of the next century, 5 billion of us may be connected to cyberspace from waterworld? For more documentation, see Savage's book, The Millennial Project: Colonizing the galaxy in eight easy steps (Little, Brown, 1994).

Is there light beyond the englightenment as we look to 2001? Conor Cruise O'Brien hopes so in his new book, On the Eve of the Millennium (Free Press, 1995). But O'Brien fingers the Vatican and Islam as one of the enemies of the quest for a more humble enlightenment. Rather than revolution, our own Arthur Waskow <Awaskow@aol.com> calls for religion to renewal society in light of the millennium in his book Godwrestling: Round 2-Ancient Wisdom, Future Paths (Jewish Lights Publ, Woodstock VT, 1995). Speaking from the tradition of Judaism in the last quarter of the 20th century, he asks how we can affirm the partial truths of modernity without being eaten up alive by it. Beyond looking at the revolutionary tradition which gave birth to the modern mind, Waskow calls into question the "restoration" tradition, which presents dangers from both a literal messianism or a violent millennialism.

Bouncing off the American Academy of Religions meeting in Philadelphia, our "master of medieval history," Richard Landes <rlandes@acs.bu.edu>, asked about the choice between a restorative vs. a revolutionary millennialism. Under the "Spiral in Time" thread, Marc Fonda <research@hookup.net> said the choice was neither. He suggested paradigm shifts would come after the turn of the millennium that likely recognize that science and rationalism are not what it was promised to be. This new millennial view would reach for the reintegration of the "cosmos-self" around a vision for a better world. Are you ready to leave the world of postmodern disarray, and embrace bimillennial reintegration? The couch besides my computer is empty, and the Millennium Doctor is in!

New Millennial Sites:

"Here are new sites in cyberspace"

Good news! The Talk 2000 forum is now carried as a newsgroup. It is called "bit.listserv.2000ad-l". That means instead of receiving the forum through email, you can go into the newsgroup area of Internet (Usenet) and read our conversations there. They will be arranged by topic and each post will stay around for about a week.

Not all sites carry bit.* newsgroups. But most major sites do, including universities, AOL, and Compuserve. If you haven't seen the Talk 2000 bit.* newsgroup come across your site yet, ask your local service provider to carry it.

Track with Talk 2000:

"Get it from the horse's mouth"

TALK 2000 FAQ: "Where the past ends and the future begins"
December 1st saw the release our Talk 2000 "Frequently Asked Questions," version 2.0. This is the most comprehensive summary on the year 2000 available anywhere in the world. Beyond basic questions, you'll find useful bibliographies and resources on the turn of the millennium. It's indispensible for anyone who wants a bird's eye view of this movement which has been striving to reach the bimillennial summit since the mid- 60s. To receive your copy, address an email to listproc@usc.edu with this command in the body of the message:
GET 2000ad-L faq2000
In a short time you will receive back this 100k treasure.

If you have never subscribed to the Talk 2000 Forum and would like to, request an invitation from talk2000@rmii.com. It's not too late to become a charter member.

Going beyond the Talk 2000 Forum, we are now making available this electronic "Let's Talk 2000" trend-letter by the Millennium Doctor. This is a perfect way for any busy executive, or academic to keep abreast of fin de millennium trends. Talk 2000 forum participant get this automatically. But those who don't want to sift through the Talk 2000 forum each day can subscribe to this trend letter separately by sending an email to "talk2000@rmii.com" Request a FREE bi-weekly subscription to this "Let's Talk 2000" bimonthly letter. Include your full name, email address.

As we come to the end of 1995, I encourage any of you who consider Talk 2000 your home to de-lurk, introduce yourself, and share what has been meaningful to you so far, and what you would like to talk more about next year. Send your email to 2000ad-l@usc.edu. We are not just about tracking millennial trends, but building community for the year 2000 and beyond.

Contact Information:

"Your link to the third millennium"

Talk 2000 Forum Home Page: http://humnet.humberc.on.ca/talk2000.htm

Talk 2000 Newsgroup: bit.listserv.2000ad-l

Subscribe to daily Talk 2000 E-mail Forum: listproc@usc.edu
Include this command as the body of your message:
subscribe 2000ad-l <Your first & last name>

Subscribe to this "Let's Talk 2000" bi-monthly letter: talk2000@rmii.com
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Submissions of newsworthy items: 2000ad-l@usc.edu

Publisher & editor: talk2000@rmii.com
Jay Gary , aka The Millennium Doctor
author, The Star of 2000
(719) 636-2000 Phone
Publication keywords: groups, time, events, millennium, usenet

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