I just heard on the news that around the world today an extra second is being added to the universal clock time (used to be called Greenwich Mean, now it’s something else) because the earth wobbles just enough in its orbit that it comes up one second short in matching cumulative time and orbital time. Apparently, it does that periodically and needs to be corrected. The last correction was seven years ago. I had the thought, as I heard that, that ten seconds put aside for a correction, with instructions that the whole world tune into some shared frequency and listen to the ten second message, could change the world. Here is the Pablo Neruda poem, Keeping Quiet, that I had carried with me every place I teach for many years waiting for the chance to read it.
Happy New Year