“Make a wish it’s 11:11!”
Until recently, I lived in blissful ignorance, believing that this was a relatively confined “observance,” obligating a handful of believers to announce the coming of four instances of the digit 1 to all in their vicinity, as if this we’re some rare and magical incident. Increasingly though, I have witnessed random individuals sharing in this belief, individuals raised in developed, thoughtful, scientifically-driven societies!
The strongest challenge I face from supporters is “you can’t prove that it isn’t real” and they are technically correct (you cannot entirely prove/disprove something’s existence); I can, however, raise a fair number of reasons why it is incredibly ridiculous.
1) You celebrate it at 11:11AM and 11:11PM, but since a day is 24 hours long, 11:11PM is actually 23:11. Technically 10:22PM (22:22) is the third celebration – 12:00AM (00:00) of course being the first – unless of course 1s are the only magical number, which seems rather arbitrary.
2) There are 28 time-zones worldwide… so there is an 11:11 every hour (2 if you count both AM and PM), as well as 4 (8) on the 41s because the other 4 time-zones are off-set by 30minutes. Whose 11:11 is correct? If everyone’s is, then can’t you celebrate the magic at any 11-minutes-past-the-hour? Are you going to tell me that the magic of 11:11 has decided to respect the arbitrary boundaries that humans have established as time-zones. REALLY?
3) Our clock is pretty arbitrarily established as well – there’s no reason that 5:00AM couldn’t be 12:52AM if we so decided… so this magic decided to conform to a random clock as well?
4) What about when you are moving at high speed and perceive time differently? Do relativity and special-relativity apply? If so, then the magic SHOULD be able to work at ANY time and not just 11:11 because anyone could experience 11:11 at ANY time given sufficient speed.
5) What about other planets? Should we observe 11:11 zulu-time?
6) Why is the 11th second not critically specified? Does magic have a skewed distribution of it’s abilities? Or can magic only specify 60-second intervals?
I’m going to take this a step beyond 11:11 as a time – several cultures (without strong histories of astrological measuring or arithmetic) claim to hold various days in high regard. A recent example is a spiritual gathering (claiming an aboriginal origin) on November 11th, 2011. (Just a coincidence to my earlier comments; or is it?… Yeah, just a coincidence.) Note: The webpage has been significantly modified in the past two days. Because a natural harmony JUST HAPPENS to occur on a day with repeating numbers, as determined by a particular type of calendar developed by some aggressive Europeans, which has been adjusted a few times, and is employed globally for purely functional purposes (many cultures maintain their traditional calendars for to keep with important observances) ; I totally buy that story. It is a profiteering opportunity; groups organize “gatherings” and offer trips so that you can be with others while living through this “spiritual experience.”
Oh and #Occupy movement? I don’t think you can blame the top %1 for this, but I’m sure you’ll try!
I know that I sound like I’m just coming down on a bunch of people who want to have something goofy to believe in. Look, I’m fine with superstition: much of it is derived from real-life experiences, but can we keep it reined in to only moderately-ridiculous things? Please? Our world proves that no matter how smart we get, we can still make stupid people in SO MANY WAYS, if the quasi-functional among you would try to not be inculcated by these idiots I’d really appreciate it.