What is a new year? Why is it a new year? What does it really mean?
A new year is another illusion brought about by human beings. My cats do not experience a new year, nor do my apple trees. But we, human individuals do. Well, some of us. Some humans do not follow time in this manner. The new year is like the State of Michigan. It is invisible. Yet we all hang on to it, agree to it, honor it, and by consensus, live our lives according to it. Our actions align with this mental construct of a new year. This, this new year idea, is definitely a social construct. But we spend our intellectual ruminations on the idea that a human with a certain anatomy is a social construct. We deny the nature-all, natural biology of the binary reality we exist within and jam ourselves into a box of social construction. But the new year, a real social construct, like the demarcations of nation, is left alone, strong in its objective reality, dominating in its ubiquity, as it defines our sense of experience albeit with illusory non-time. We make a huge deal over this illusion.
We shop, of course we shop. We shop on every significant occasion in our culture. Shopping and consuming are built into the societal pressure to celebrate. We spend our money on stuff. Food, drinks, party favors, traveling, new outfits, tickets to events, etc. We show each other how we can party! It is, first and foremost, a big party. Now, some decide to be more conscious and honor the illusion with rituals of some sort to awaken and enlighten. But this is still contributing to the consensus group-think that New year’s is real.
But what if it really is just another day? What if we could make New Year’s Day any day? We can. We can say next Wednesday is New Year’s Day. Or we can say March 14th is New Year’s Day. We made it up once and we can make it up again. Or…
We can put a much stronger emphasis on the a priori natural order. Then we would align with the nature we were born into, rather than distance ourselves from the nature of reality as we create an overlay of illusion. We are so overlaid with illusions of socially constructed reality we have little connection to what is truly real, that which is before us, prior to, certain and always.
What does that look like, this rumination on the a priori? Try it and see. Question your daily thinking. Your actions. Your conceptual constructs. Where did they come from? Are they worth preserving? Is there another way that would be preferable for some reason?
Hey, that sounds like a good new year’s resolution! Question everything.
Read Part 2 HERE