As you read this article it is the year 2000. The advent of this New Year's Day piqued the kind of anticipation (running the gamut from hope to dread) that always accompanies such milestones on the scale that we use to measure the passage of time;lf those of us following the Gregorian calendar, that is. In the Jewish calendar, for instance, it was 23 Tevet, 5760—not nearly as ominous-sounding. The awareness of the passage of time, the ability to record the present, learn from the past, and anticipate the future, are important aspects of human consciousness—they separate us from all...

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