Did anyone notice all the extra stuff on our calendars?
A bit of critical reflection shows that we do not need weeks or months at all in our calendars. And Ockham’s razor bids us “shave these off.” We keep them I suppose because they are familiar, and b/c weeks (should be 8 days each if we have them) delimit the year into bite-size, more manageable chunks of time. The weekdays should be named after gemstones, not deities — valuables, not empty referents.
This would mean that proper time-keeping practices would have us number first the year, and then each day would also bear a number, beginning with 2, and counting by 2’s. This would tell us the time of year at a glance. We simply do not need weeks or months, or names for particular days of the week — i.e. Monday, etc. We should simply drop these from our vocabulary, and name each day by its #, or else name our days more profitably (perhaps temporarily, until we can leave them off).
This new way of timekeeping leaves us with but one “annual” epicycle — or (if we keep the week, moving it to 8 days) with a more profitable timeline by improving our self-perception over time. Ultimately, we should seek a more “linear-progressive” grasp of temporal development.
There does not seem to be any good reason, other than current convenience either (because of established tradition), to go on using the arbitrary “second” as a basic unit of time. It constructs minutes, and minutes hours, and then hours construct days. We could easily subdivide the day into 72 units of 20 minutes each, calling these septons. Then we could name the minute (1 -20) within the septon (say, septon 33).
This kind of suggestion would streamline our way of thinking, and begin to set time in order. It puts an end to excessive, needless traditional timeframes, and promises a New Enlightenment — just around the corner — with a better and more scientific system of weights and measures, including the way we measure (AND thus construct) time.