21st

How many people will be singing "I Didn't Know What Day It Was" when they wake up New Year's Day and admit that they really aren't in the 21st century yet? It seems everybody knows the facts; but everybody wants to get the 21st century underway early. Oh well, we can have another "Next Millennium" New Year's Eve party on December 31, 2000. At least it'll be great for the economy!

There was a year numbered "1" but there never was a year "0" -- the first time a zero occurred was in the year "10" and then it came up again at the end of each decade thereafter. The year 2000 is actually the end of a decade and the end of this century. The next century actually will begin when the calendar goes from 2000 to 2001.

In an e-mail from his Florida residence, Bob Rodgers of Joseph H. Brown Lodge No. 751, Philadelphia, noted that in each of the last two issues of The Pennsylvania Freemason there were references to the ending of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. He reminded, "Surely you must be aware the 21st century begins on January 1, 2001, NOT on January 1, 2000."

The Committee on The Pennsylvania Freemason and the Editor are aware. Last Spring, the Committee discussed the communication dilemma that the universal misinterpretation of time has wrought and decided in order to announce and report the events of these times, we have to go along with the worldwide willingness to rush the coming of the 21st century. So, crooning "With My Eyes Wide Open," the Editor goes with the errant flow toward a new century that'll be here before its time.

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