OK, I guess I just don’t see where and how people can say that the millennium starts at the end of 2001.
Where do the come up with this.
I don’t know how to best put this, so it is understood.
But here goes.
The vertical slash will represent “midnight”. For the sake of simplification, “midnight” will not belong to any given day.
It will just be used as a dividing point. One pixel to the left of the “|” will = one second before midnight. On the last day of that century.
One pixel to the right of the “|” will = one second after midnight. On the first day of that century, and so on.
Keep in mind, that the years after the one “|” and before the next “|” are counted
as such, ex. (100AD|101AD|102AD|) and so on.
Of course in between the “|” marks, on this scale will represent 100 years.
Except for the last three years, which will represent individual years. For the sake of detail.
In order not to confuse the very first, year or decade or century with being “0”.
The “?” will be use to represent that “specific instance” that divides BC from
Also, the multiple “|” will represent a time line that would normally be labeled with the year or decade or century that it represents.
For example ( 1000AD| ). The “|”, would hold the label “1000AD”.
NOT—I repeat–NOT ( |1000AD ) THIS WAY.
So, take a look now at the representation below.
Count the number of “|” up to ( 2000AD| ).
Don’t forget that the last 3 are individual years.
So don’t count ( 1999AD| ) as (2000AD| )
Also, don’t forget that the “|” also represents “New Years”
When you get to ( 2000AD| ) Which year was just to the left of the “|”?
Which “New Years” would you be celebrating at that “|”?
Which year did you just come out of?
“New Years” is suppose to be the celebration of the passing of that year.
But we have become accustom to celebrating it as the up coming year.
Don’t ask me, I did start this stupid system of counting years.
So when you come to the “|” in (2000AD|) you’ve just come out of the actual 2000th year AD, that year is done and over with.
If you don’t believe me, go back and count the spaces in between the “|” marks.
When you celebrate “New Years” on the “|” in (2000AD|). you’re actually
celebrating the passing of a full 2000 years.
This is also why the year 2000 and after is known as the 21st century. Up to the
year 2100, which will be know as the 22nd century.
Because when we are living in any of the years between the begining of 2000 and the end of 2099, we are
actually living in the 21st century.
Just as when we are living in any of the years between 1900 and 2000, we are
actually living in the 20th century.
To prove this, you can replace the (2001AD|),
with (2100AD|) and completely remove the (1999AD|).
And when you come to the “|” in (2000AD|), what century are you in on the right side of it?
All thing that use numbers work like this.
Right down to the time on your clock.
Say, it 5:20 PM.
What time is it?
It’s 20 minutes after 5:00 in the afternoon.
Or 5 hours and 20 minutes after noon.
But which hour are you actually in?
Your in, what will be counted as the 6th hour after noon or 6:00 PM.
5 hours have already passed.
But we need something from the 5th hour to count up to that 6th hour.
The same goes for years.
Right now were in the 2000th year. But we won’t count it as a full year until we have counted up to that point.
For example, today we’re in the year 1999 and 8 months and 27 days.
The actual 1,999th year has past. We’re counting up to 2000. And 1 second after midnight this coming new years. We will be in the year that will become 2001, but not for another 365 days.