In case you missed it, we have now concluded the Year of The Rabbit, and we are now into the Year of the Dragon, effective January 23rd. I’m gonna miss the Rabbit, and it will be 12 more years until we get to see him (or her) again. At least I would have missed the Rabbit if I’d known it was his (or her) year.
Rabbits have excellent qualities. They are “gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, and flexible”. We won’t mention the bad qualities of the rabbit. Dragons are not nearly as lovable.
I decided I would look up what year I was born in, and discovered it was the Year of the Ox. I was highly disappointed by this, as I would have preferred to wait another 3 weeks so that I could be born in the Year of the Tiger, but nobody asked my opinion. I have many more tiger qualities than ox qualities, so I conclude that either I was born too soon, or the Chinese calendar is wrong. But since the Chinese calendar has been around for a couple of thousand years, and I’ve been around somewhat less than that, it must be my mother’s fault. Of course the third possibilty is that this is all bullshit, kind of like Christianity. I’d say the greatest mystery of all time is: Why do people have such a need to ascribe power to entities or factors beyond their control? I don’t know, and I never will. But the need is there, and my study of anthropology and philosophy in college taught me that the need is universal. What I think separates me is that I’ve learned to live with mystery. I don’t have to explain everything, and even if I wanted to I couldn’t, so what would be the point?
The Christians I know (and have read) struggle awfully with the essential question: if God is omnipotent, why did he create evil? Yesterday, I actually heard the best answer I’ve ever heard. God is trying to teach me something. I just don’t know what it is. I respect that answer quite a lot.
I looked up what year Fakesister was born too, and it turns out it was The Year of the Horse. (Cue the theme from the Twilight Zone.) For more than you ever wanted to know about this subject, and to find out what “year” you were born in, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Zodiac#Zodiac_origin_stories