How we measure our years
“Beware, the ides of March,” Shakespeare’s soothsayer cautioned Julius Caesar in 44BC. He compared past tainted March fifteenths to help the emperor navigate a way forward. But Caesar didn’t care! He wanted to live an ordinary day where could soak in the baths, host a lavish dinner party, vomit, and repeat. He was warned but he paused just briefly and then went about his business, saying in his own ancient way, “Whatevs.” Caesar had no respect for this marker of time.