Equinox of Spring –
Yesterday in the elation of hearing the good news about Blade, I neglected to mention that the Vernal Equinox—one of the four cardinal points of the solar year—had come and passed in the middle of the night on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 1:14 a.m. EDT.
This equinox marks the official start of spring in Northern Hemisphere and, as our friends in Australia, Brazil and South Africa point out, the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
An equinox occurs when the sun shines directly on the equator and is, of course, when the periods of night and day are nearly equal and balanced.
It is auspicious that the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday, on the equinox, about the question of Juvenile Life Without Parole—an issue about which our thinking and laws are clearly out of balance today.
Some comedians delight in joking about how stupid we Americans are, and I laugh along and shake my head in dismay like so many others who are disaffected by the ignorant extremism in our culture. But we Americans are not stupid—we’re merely lazy and unbalanced.
It is far easier to step onto one side or another of a black-and-white position, to succumb to our prejudices that are very often about Blacks versus Whites, and take the easy way out by saying something glib like, “Adult Crime, Adult Time.”
The lesson of the equinox is that the perfect balance of light and dark exists for only a brief moment in time; the moment of equinox is surrounded on both sides by constantly changing gradations of night and day.
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