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Poems

Thunderstorms
In Flight
Questions
Forced Smiles
Shackles
Recluse
Where
Burn
Winter
Happy Oblivion
Ducking Destiny
Chance of Showers
Chance Encounters
Myopia
The Thinking Dog
Misbehavior
The Race
Flight of the Ostrich
Monster Under My Bed
The Rose Garden
Haiku
Window Shopping
Dramatic Romances
Musings on Nature
A Day at School
The Holy Light
A Rainy Night

Stories

The Roller Coaster
The Purse
Sammy's Lesson
The Legend of the Hungry Dragon
Spirits in the Night

Essays

Essays
My Philosophy of Life
Five Scholarship Questions
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
Prophets for God
My Service Project (1999-2000)
My Service Project (1997-1998)
The Beauty of the Forest
Reaching Beyond

Satires
The Pastry Menace
A College Just for You!
The Rights of Plants

Literary Analyses
Saving Harry:  Clearing the Controversy Over Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Essays on Wuthering Heights
The Creature in Frankenstein and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Edna's Decision in The Awakening
Character Comparison in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Why The Chosen?

Research Papers
Race, Norms, and the Sidewalk
Analytical Exercise
The Validity of Comparing Governments
The British System: Legal-Rational Or Traditional?
The Importance of Framing
Madison on Factions
Spirituality and the Brain
Sea Water and Conductivity

Speeches
Clinic Violence: A "Moral" Way to Bring About Change?
Graduation Speech
The Call to Relationship
Mark Twain Speaks Again (original version)
Mark Twain Speaks Again (shortened version)

Editorials
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Year 2000
Hunting for Sport?

Articles
Mercury Spill Exercise
Chocolate Feature Exercise
Character Sketch
Reaction Story
Aspiring Actress Profile
"Shark Attack" Exercise
Villa Maria Academy Hosts Diversity Panel

Nonfiction
Coastal Vacation

The Year 2000

There are many people who for some reason believed that the world would end in the year 2000. While it is true that many computer systems could have gone haywire in that year, I do not see the reason for believing that time will end with the millennium.

Speaking of time, the nature of time itself, or at least our method of keeping track of it, is one reason for my disbelief. Time on Earth is a "necessary fiction." It has no meaning in the scheme of things. Time is entirely based on our planet. One year on Earth is only half a year on Mars. We merely keep time for the purpose of arriving promptly for appointments and organizing our tangled histories.

As I see it, there is no set end to the world, and there is no set beginning. The beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning. For me it is like a circle, which keeps going around and around.

And, of course, there is always the fact that our method of keeping track of years is wrong anyway. Supposedly, the Christian solar calendar is based on the year Christ was born, but according to modern theories we have got that date wrong. If we wanted to be true to that base in telling time, than the millennium has already ended. We just missed it.

Who needs the Christian calendar for telling time? If you asked a Jew, she could tell you that the year 2000 was over 3,000 years ago. If you asked a Muslim, he might say the millennium will not come for several hundred years.

Finally, why choose 2000 as the year to bring on Armageddon? Why not pick a year with some real significance, such as 2077?

In case you wonder why, that's the 100th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. What could be more culturally significant?


Copyright © 2002 Colleen Fischer | Last updated October 7, 2002