Millennium Ceremonies1 for every year of the Millennium
Celebrations and Ceremonies for Everyone
that avoid both 20th century extremes of over-individualism
and sacrificing individuals to the group
Everyone can plan how they will earn their
Every comunity can host Certificat Awards, and ceremonials for
every stage of life.
Every philanthropist can plan the awards and ceremonies they will
support, to gain their own awards.
Awards to ensure everyone can get an
And see below for the NEVER BEFORE AWARDS
Public ceremonies with awards for
- All babies born in a
Celebration Year. A special useful
spoon with a suitable logo on it. They can be
brought to special Naming Ceremonies.
- All children starting
school in a Celebration Year get a picture book of Australia with a
special cover. They are stars at special School Starting
- Primary School
Reports and are
stars of special Leaving
- Secondary school
beginners. A special
picture-history of the world.
They star at special Teenage Rites of
- School leavers.
Manuals - what
citizens and householders need to know in their community - in
special loose-leaf folders that can be kept up to date for
- Age 21. An Adult Initiation
Ceremony follows initation
tests as in old tribal communities.Twenty-One is the preferred age
rather than 18, because many 18-year-olds still need a chance to
be a bit wild. By 21 they need to start enjoying more
responsibility and being Mature Adults. However, anyone over 18
can quality for the certificat by passing the Test for Aduldhood.
... and so on, for every stage of life
The Never Before Awards
It makes a tremendous difference to someone to have a gong and 'Queen's letters' after their name, but what tends to happen is that once people are awarded gongs, they have a head start in being awarded more.
I would like to recommend that Queen's Honours be published in three categories.
- Sports starts, entertainers and millionaires from speculation. This may be the biggest group and really deserve a separate category of gongs, such as OPA. Order of Public Admiration.
- The Never Before Awards. People who have never had an award before, but have done useful things.
- Matthew Awards. These are based on the text in St. Matthew, 'To them that have shall be given.'
There are several million people in the British Isles, so more Never Before Awards could spread the joy around - and people might even seek them rather than waste money in gambling for their goal in life, as Honour in its various meanings can impel as much as Money.
Among other reasons for other awards
- First Year in a Job
First Parents of a SchoolChild
First Parents of a Teenager
Together Fifty Golden Years
Together Sixty DiamondYears
Never commitd a criminal offence
Held a longterm voluntary public office with no monetary
10 years or more voluntary service
People who have had awards and citations for courage
People who have been prime movers for a social improvement
People who have invented something useful - even if not yet
Carers for home-bound sick, disadvantaged and aged.
Winners at Almost Anything useful
Donors of $50,000 or more to a public benefit . . .
There can be voting for some awards - e.g.the
not necessarily the best.
And so on.
Poetry, songs, art, drama and
music in the ceremonies can include
- An update of Whittier's Once to Every Man and
Tennyson on his vision of the future,
'Ring in the Bells'
Local talent and compositions
An Adult Initiation Certificat
Western teenagers who need to display their daring, test their
'manliness', have adventures, and prove they are adult, have too many
unattractiv models of teenager and 'Mature Adult' behavior to
Ageist segregation of teenagers and adults, and the comercial
advantages in a captiv teen market are part of the problem.
A national Adult Initiation Certificat (AC) gives a chance for
young people to prove they are realy growing up to be adult. Sections
could be taken a piece at a time over years. Handicapd youngsters can
have alternativ tests where necessary, including citations for Coping
with Problems and Overcoming Handicap.
Written tests would not be multipl-choice questions. These are too
easy to ansr by gessing and it is too easy to forget the lerning that
went into lerning the ansrs. Ansrs that have to be writn out
(legibly) require thought and organization, and so have more chance
of being mentaly filed and rememberd.
Exampls of posibl
testing for AIC Adult Certificat:
- Make up your own loose-leaf Essential
Records and information manual, to keep for permanent
reference. This could also be a record of basic school learning
and achievment, compiled from Prep upward - among other things to
avoid complete forgetting of all school lerning.
- Set out your own annual
budget, with explanations for the expenditure
- Set out a weekly budget for a nominated adult life-styl and income, such as you hope to
- Public speaking (ten
minuts) on a local or nationl issue that interests you.
- A year's constructiv participation
in a socially-approved organization.
literacy test of
reading, writing, preparing your own job aplication, writing a
constructiv articl to a periodicl on some issue of your
- Activ participation in a constructiv voluntary comunity action to achiev an
goal - eg a local bus shelter, helping an invalid adapt a home to
new needs, campaigning for a socialy constructiv issue -
(nonpoliticl or this can become too dodgy to assess).
- Household repair certificat
at any levl from minimum to Do-It-Yourself skil.
- General knowledge test on
the world, politics, history, science.
- Failure & Frustration Survival
Test of ability to survive
failure and frustration, while retaining cheerfulness. Anyone who
has nevr had a chance to demonstrate this survival ability may be
given a special test in lerning something that they find hard and
even unintresting, but would be useful to lern.
- Language test - the
meaning of concepts such as virtue, honor, courage, honesty,
ideals, patience, adventure, hero, good, tolerance, endurance,
mercy, faithfulness, loyalty, compassion, peace, beauty, love,
truth. Exampls are to be givn. Many peple have limitd concepts
about the posibilities of human nature, and this limits their own
posibilities. To become aware of such posibilities, and the fact
that others value them, makes it more posibl to widen your own
range of behavior.
- Simpl Arithmetic test. All adults should be able to do simpl arithmetic, not only
to be able to check supermarket check-out prices and whether goods
are bargains, but also for practical reasoning which affects our
whole human relationships in the detection of fallacies.
- In Australia, the Adulthood tests include filling out a Senate
ballot paper correctly.
Boys can nominate for an optionl
Manhood test - which requires
socialy constructiv daring, adventure, courage, standing up for what
you believe to be right in the face of ridicule, refusing antisocial
dares in spite of being called chickn, and caring for those weakr and
youngr than themselvs. However, it who goes in for it is strictly
confidential, and what they achiev - nobody knows except the boy and
Girls can nominate for the same test, called
the Woman's test. The reason for
the distinction in name is because of teenage masculin psycology,
which I doubt can be changed, and seems part of the nature of things
since time began. Many boys like to feel there are some things they
do that women do not do.
Knowledge of adult concepts is marked on a 4 point
- Awareness of the full concept.
- A weak but positive definition.
- A miniml meaning.
Example - The concept of Peace
- Level 1. Peace as as harmony in living. Highly positiv and
- Level 2. Peace as quiet. Pleasant for individuals
- Level 3. Peace as absence of strife. 'Anything for the sake of
'They make a desert and they call it peace'.'Keeping the
- Level 4. Nothing happening.
1 The first step of INTERNATIONL
ENGLISH SPELLING has been used in this page:
Step 1. Leave out surplus letters (letrs) whenevr you like.
Surplus letrs serv no purpose. They do not show eithr meaning or
pronunciation of words.
This 5-10% waste of energy, time, hassl and materials can be stopd
whenevr u like and as much and as litl as u like.
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