New Year’s Eve AGAIN?! Seems like it was only yesterday I was rocking with Dick Clark from my Y2K bunker. Ah, the good ole days…
Time sure does fly when you don’t believe in god. As much as I know god(s) don’t exist, you gotta admit that the kooks that came up with some of the stuff religions are made of were pretty creative bunch.
Take Father Time, a common figure pictured and mentioned this time of year. Did you know that Father Time is partly based off the Greek god Chronos? Goes to reason, or perhaps non-reason since we’re talking about fictional characters here, but that never occurred to me. Not until Wikipedia — “the source of all knowledge” as they call it on American Freethought — told me so. It’s funny, I trust Wikipedia a lot more than I trust the Bible, even though we don’t REALLY know who wrote either, now, do we?
But ANYWAY, according to the Wikipedia,
- Chronos was [...] serpentine in form, with three heads—that of a man, a bull, and a lion. He and his consort, serpentine Ananke (Inevitability), circled the primal world-egg in their coils and split it apart to form the ordered universe of earth, sea and sky.
So Time was some three-headed snake dude that hung out with some snake chick named Inevitability, and they hatched the universe together. Yep, makes sense to me.
Now the idea of the world-egg isn’t that far off from modern science, I will give them that much (Big Bang, anyone?). But prithee, why couldn’t have ancient civilizations focused more on actually figuring out the origin of life than on how many heads their imaginary sky fairies had on their various wacko adventures and blunders? Father Time personified (or herpo-tauro-personified if you’re an ancient Greek) is a funny concept, but people actually used to believe this sort of crap.
Speaking of eggs and Father Time, I think it’s about “time” to break out the “egg” nog and a little of the bubbly. Champagne, that’s the spirit! Dionysis, now there’s a god I could almost believe in.
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good year!
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