Apologies for what you will read... it is me ranting... but this has got under my skin.
I heard on Breakfast this morning that today is 'International Noise Awareness Day.' Yesterday I heard something as pathetic being promoted. Every time I hear such things I say to myself, 'who the .... says so?'
So I googled international days. It seems that the UN, UNESCO, WHO etc all have decided that there are international days to be celebrated around the world. There are international decades and years.
For example at http://www.un.org.au/Page.aspx?element=16&category=1 theoretically Jan 27 was the 'International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust.' That is fair enough. There are days for 'social justice', 'mother language day', 'women's day', 'international day for the elimination of racial discrimination', 'world meteorological day', 'remembrance of the victims of slavery and transatlantic slave trade etc etc. There is a 'water day' too, what the heck is that? There is 'mine awareness day'! Hehehe! Did you just know you missed 'World Book and Copyright Day' on 23 April? What the! Who decides this stuff. Some of it you can see has something worth remembering in it. But 'noise awareness day?' It is not hard to see the agendas here. Where is, world JC day? Or the World Day of Telling Multi-National Organisations to Stop Telling us What Day it is!' There's a 'World Teachers Day.' What about a 'World Janitors Day' or World Car Salesperson Day' or 'World Pastor's Day'? Who decides this stuff. There is World Diabetes day? Why Diabetes? Why not, erectile disfunction? Or world nose day? Heck, there is a World Mountain day! Don't miss that one, its in December! Actually, the UN ones are an attempt at social justice at least I suppose. But who decides?
Who decides on 'World Noise Awareness Day'? There is a power out there telling us how to live our lives. I am all for government as society needs to be ordered, protected, preserved, provided for etc. Paul understood this well (see Rom 13; Tit 3:1) as did Peter (1 Pet 2:12-17). But what is this?
There's a whole lot more on http://www.education.nic.in/unesconew/unesco-Internationaldays.asp. These include 'world poetry day', 'Africa day' (what about Niue day?), there is world space week (I am sure the aliens appreciate it), international day of tolerance (for everything probably except conservative Christianity?), world television day (what! is that the day we sit for 24 hours and watch it?), there is world day of solidarity with Palestinian people (what about other people's who are oppressed?). Did you also know about these years: Cultural Heritage Year (2002), Ecotourism (2002), Mountains year! (2003), the Year of Rice (2005) (why rice? I am sure there are reasons, but why not Taro?), Year of Micro Credit (2005). Yay, there is the Year of Sport and Physical Education (lots of people hated that one cause they had to do exercise all year 2005).
Then there are decades coming up. Yay! Can't wait. We are in 2005-2014 is the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development! More good news, 2003-2012 is UN Literacy decade, so that everyone will read... ah, but what language? Damn. Got to be English surely? Maori? MMMM? Even better we are about to end the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). Thank God, cause now kids are all safe at last! It really works this stuff. For example 1997-2006 was the International Decade for the Eradication of Poverty! And there is now no poverty left in the world. I am so thankful for this stuff. It is a thrill to think someone or someone's are on 6 figure salaries at the UN and UNESCO coming up with it. The power of this stuff is mind boggling! You can go to the website and see more if you life.
For me, it is all humbug. It seems a nice idea but what is the point? Only Breakfast Show hosts take any notice. School of Rock says it well, it is 'the man'. Or that hilarious movie, Undercover Brother... there are powers, forces telling us how to live our lives. They go over the top. There assumptions need to be critiqued. Actually I couldn't find 'world noise awareness day' so there must be someone else out there making this skubala up!
So for me, every day is Easter, everyday is Pentecost, every day is new creation and life, every day is God has come and we must work with him and by his power toward that day when he returns and all is restored. As for all these 'days' creators, get off my back! Who says?
Better take a chill pill and do some real work... but what is work? Is there a 'work day' to help me. Hope so, cause then I can take the rest of my life off.