Thanks to the elliptical arc of the Earth’s orbit around the sun, from about the time of the Autumnal equinox, the amount of daylight lost each day starts to slow down and following the Winter Solstice as the Northern hemisphere bends back towards the sun, the amount of daylight just as sluggishly climbs upwards.
Right now, we’re in the slowest 90 days of the Earth’s arc around the sun: from November 7, 2016 to February 3, 2017. The darkest days, if you will. And though these are black days, we can be confidently assured that the arc of the Earth bends us back into the light.
But we feel in other ways we’re entering dark days, too. Maybe you feel differently, but regardless of your personal political views, the level of relative chaos and division nationally (first inaugurated around November 7 as well) makes this month a period of blackness in its own respect.
It’s partly because these are such .black days, literally and metaphorically, that this month, we’re lightening things up a bit with a sale on .black domains, on sale for $28.62 (normally $57.25 at A rates) per year.
But also, we would be remiss to commemorate only the negative connotations. While this month we say goodbye to the first Black president, next month is Black History Month. And speaking of which, January 16 is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, both fitting occasions to celebrate. And with all this talk of dark days, it’s also fitting to remember that just like the long, slow arc of the Earth bends back towards the light, in the words of Dr. King, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
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