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Change Datelines, Change The World

Updated on May 7, 2016
What do the world's datelines really amount to? Does Changing Datelines Change The World?
What do the world's datelines really amount to? Does Changing Datelines Change The World? | Source

Datelines and Time Zones Highlight the Fact that the World was Designed for Change

News about time zone changes for sister islands Tokelau, with a population of less than 1,500 people, and larger Samoa, population 180,000, wouldn’t have been surprising had I known what the dateline looked like in that area of our world.

An explanation informed me of the reason for such an odd little jig at that point of the eastern and western hemispheres' dateline. The answer to why depends on who you talk to where, but some one at some point evidently believed it would be to Samoa’s benefit to be in the western hemisphere in spite of the distance between Samoa and the USA.

That opinion was bound to change over time for Samoa's proximity to Australia and New Zealand makes the decision logical. The new 2012 dateline shows how the decision to reintegrate Samoa into the eastern hemisphere creates an even more interesting line of demarcation for that time zone.

Even Britain is once again rethinking its time zone appointments. Proponents are looking at the possible financial advantages of being more closely associated with Europeans by changing their dateline. Opponents are considering the safety of citizens as well as the logistics for living in northern locations should that time change take place.

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A Look at the World’s Time Zones Via International Datelines:

How the issues related to these situations play out in the countries involved will be of at least some interest to the rest of the world as it will affect communication and travel for everyone. What this news has most immediately done for me, though, is prompt curiosity about what all of the time zones look like today, and why.

If you are also interested in this topic the following sites are resources that offer you a better picture of what our world looks like according to time and how scientists have and are continuing to evaluate the mystery of how time works. Hope you enjoy checking them out as much as I did.

• Be sure to read the short introduction and click continue on this page. You will not want to miss the interactive guide it provides.

This 2.5 minute video shares a brief but interesting history of time zones. It makes me think about how difficult so-called exact science is, and how we do not know as much as we think we do about this marvelous creation called the world.

• Before you say it, I promise that I know what you’re going to say, but I came across this right after the video above and had to include it. Forgive me, please. :] See this World Clock Pro then shake your head and smile with me.

This page is a lengthy read, but worth it for anyone interested in being challenged by a look at unpopular details. If you check this site out be sure not to miss their Resources page.

The mystery of time should provoke our thinking.
The mystery of time should provoke our thinking. | Source

Let the Lands and Seas Rejoice

Zoned Out About Time Yet?

The reality that Samoans lost the entire day of December 30, 2011 raises questions about matters which we go through life thinking are settled-matter-of-fact certainties.

We may say that a person lived 30 years, but if we break that down to days, how many days will Samoans have lived if they lived through the day they lost? Babies born that day in Samoa could have some interesting explaining to do throughout life, but if someone died on December 30, 2011 in Samoa, they're still gone.

The ruminative questions could be just plain silly because of the obvious answers, but there is one point we can take from it all. The reality for each of us is that death remains the great equalizer and how long the clock ticks for any of us isn’t what counts.

Waxing philosophical about the questions that could be raised would be an interesting exercise, but actually, there is only one thing that matters. Our life--our time--is a vapor, just as God warns. What He says regarding eternity is as sure as our lives are short.

May your New Year and all the days of time that remain to you be filled with the grace that God offers to mankind through His Son according to His Word.

How should we live in uncertain times?
How should we live in uncertain times? | Source

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      In thinking about this hub again I am reminded of how quickly our world can change from "as we know it" to a world we are unfamiliar with--the way Hitler and his followers changed the lives of Jews and Germans alike in such a short time is one example, but a simple decision like this can also change lives/life forever.

      Thanks you for stopping by with your input and reminding me to revisit this hub! :)

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      Wow, this is really interesting. If I had not read your hub I would not even have heard about this switch in time zones! It does make sense though even though they had to lose a day to make it all work! I just asked my husband if he knew - and he did, but I did not hear anything about it in the news and we usually watch the news together. Oh well, thank you for this very interesting and informative hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Glenn Stok:

      Thanks kindly for stopping by and joining the dialogue!

      PNW time is always of interest to me since children and grandchildren function on it so if you start a movement to put everyone in the same time zone, count me in for support.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I found this very interesting. It makes sense that Samoa wants to be in sync with Australia so they trade on the stock market in sync. We have a similar problem in the U.S... The West Coast is three hours behind New York, where the Stock Exchange is located. So for people in California, for example, their trading day ends at 1:30 in the afternoon.

      Not much we can do about that though. Samoa was right on the international date line, so it was easy for them. They just needed to skip a day.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks much for checking it out!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks Shelly McRae! Appreciate your visit very much! Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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      Shelly McRae 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool hub. Thanks for sharing this unusual topic with us.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      So appreciate that you came by with your input. Thanks much for the vote up. Truth to tell, it would be sort of an exciting time to live there right when this is happening, but, indeed, there really might be some unexpected implications. I'm going to look for any hubs you might have on that Fiji trip!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Fascinating, and after having traveled to and from Fiji last year, across the International Date line, it is kind of mind bending to think about the implications of changing datelines on countries like Samoa. Rated up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Reassuring--yes, yes! And I'm so glad you found the article interesting--Happy New Year to you, friend. :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks very much. I hadn't thought of the leap year angle...but if everyone leaps wouldn't they still be behind by a day? Or maybe everyone else should skip leap year this year, but then would that put Samoans back in the other time zone? Or what if...nah...better quit here. :) Appreciate that you stop by! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks kindly for your visit and your vote!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Interesting article and like you said, time is a concept that can change but the God who creates the world holds eternity in His hand and that's a very reassuring concept for believers. Happy New Year!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks much for stopping by and for letting me hear from you. It is an interesting topic to think through. So appreciate your visit!

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      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi RTalloni,

      Very interesting Hub. I quess they get the day back . . . technically . . . this is a leap year, ha ha ;)

      Thank you for sharing!

      N T T

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      Susan Kaul 5 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      Well that is an interesting point of view. I guess you may have a point here. date lines and change due go hand in hand

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks, formosangirl.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      You have presented some thought provoking points on the time change for Samoa.

      Voted interesting!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Interesting hub!