A New Day Of Freedom

We are about to embark on a quest. An international quest. A quest for change. A quest for the betterment of life around the world. But don’t worry. We can change the world from right where we are: sitting on our butts at our computers. That’s right. Finally, the internet, e-mail and all of this wonderful technology will be put to a positive use. All humanity will benefit. But it’s up to you. You each need to do your part. Put the word out. Gather support for the cause. Start endless e-mail campaigns. We have a little over two years to make this happen. If we fail, it will be another four years till we get another chance. Then another four years after that. Actually. we can just keep trying until we succeed. In the long run, we simply cannot fail. We will win.

I know what you’re thinking. "What the hell is he talking about?"

I’m talking about a basic human right that was built into the Gregorian calendar for the good of all mankind but has, thus far, not been used to its full potential. I’m talking about February 29th. The quadrennial readjustment of calendars.

It starts here.

A campaign to establish February 29th as an international holiday.

Leap Day.

Freedom Day.

Extra Day.

Call it whatever you want.

Write your Member of Parliament. Your Congressman. Your king. Your self-declared Ruler-For-Life. The United Nations. The CIA. Whoever is currently in charge, either overtly or covertly, of the political structure in your part of the world. Let them know how important this idea is. Urge them to ratify the plan.

For you doubters out there, here’s the rationale: Each year, you are given a certain number of specific tasks and it is your responsibility to see that they are completed. You probably aren’t given them all at once, but they are doled out over time. Professional responsibilities, personal responsibilities, projects at work, things your wife told you to do. Whatever. Tally up all of the tasks that are assigned to you in one year. It just about the same amount as the year before. And the year before that. And, on average, about the same as the guy next door. Basically, Each year, life says to you, "Here’s what you’ve gotta do. You have 365 days. Go." And off you go and get it done. Good for you.

But every four years, we have an extra day. A Leap Year has 366 days. It seems fairly obvious that that day should be your’s to do what you want. Shut everything down on February 29th. No one has to go to work on that day. If you choose to work on Leap Day, that’s entirely up to you. That’s your right. But your boss shouldn’t be able to tell you to work on Leap Day.

You got everything done last year, right? 365 days. Worked your ass off, but you hit the mark on 365. So, you should be able to get it all done this year in 365 days. Take that extra day and do something just for you. Make it special.

That’s the vision I have for the world.

But we can’t do it without you. Show your support. Hound your government relentlessly until they see the brilliance and wisdom of this plan.

Someday, we may actually get a petition started for this. In the meantime, you can show your support for Leap Day by putting your feelings into an e-mail and sending it to parallaxtheatre@sympatico.ca and then maybe my wife won’t think I’m nuts.

This is an idea whose time has come. Who are we to stand in its way?

That’s my two cents worth, anyway.


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