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Abolish the Week! Itís unnatural. Itís unnecessary. Why the seven-day week has got to go.
Slate ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ben Schreckinger

Posted on 05/27/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT by C19fan

For eons, all manner of animals have lived their lives according to the cycles of the Earth’s rotation on its axis, the moon’s orbit around the Earth, and the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But why do we observe the week? The pattern of living on a seven-day cycle—with one or two of those days set aside for rest—is a relative novelty. Only in the past few centuries, with Western colonization of most of the world, have the majority of human societies adopted it.

The case for the week was never airtight. It’s now weak and getting weaker. Most Westerners no longer observe a weekly Sabbath, and the coordination advantages of keeping everyone on the same uniform schedule have evaporated. So why does this arbitrary time cycle still dictate the rhythm of our lives? Is it time to abolish the week and find a better way to structure time?

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KEYWORDS: calender; week
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Another Year Zero freak. His vision is an anchro-libertarian dream. Instead of the 7 day week let each individual or institution define their own week. If Google wants a 10 day week like the French Revolutionaries let them have it. One slight problem is the author leaves out the impact of laws and regulations based on the 7-days week, for example, 40 hour work week.
1 posted on 05/27/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Why the seven day week? Something to do with the Bible? The Sabbath?

Nah.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 11:24:58 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: C19fan

They already tried this, during the French Revolution.

They did away with the 60-minute hour, the 24-hour day, the 7-day week, the 12 months. Everything became powers of ten. Out with the old, in with the new.

You can see how that stood the test of time.

These liberals. Ignorance is strength, indeed.


3 posted on 05/27/2014 11:25:55 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Steely Tom

But but according to the author it was those damn Christians, mainly Catholics, who resisted the glorious rationality of the 10 day calender. Since we are now a post-Christian society we can easily jettison the 7-day week.


4 posted on 05/27/2014 11:29:01 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
What kind of nonsense is this? The week was instituted by God himself and goes back as far as recorded history, the Bible, in the first chapter of Genesis.

However, this kind of nonsense is prophesied to be implemented in the last days (Daniel 7:25), "but not yet."

5 posted on 05/27/2014 11:29:36 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: C19fan

Touch my seven day week, and that hand won’t touch anything again.


6 posted on 05/27/2014 11:29:59 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: C19fan
The 10 day week of the French Revolution worked out so well, didn't it?

And what's this arbitrary thing of making everyone abide by a tyrannical decimal system just because man was blessed with 10 fingers and 10 toes each? How about the sloths and the undulates and all the species with fewer digits?

7 posted on 05/27/2014 11:30:27 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Nachum

(Why the seven day week? Something to do with the Bible? The Sabbath?)

Exactly! It’s an indirect attack on Christianity...yet again! Now that the gay marriage battle is almost won, time to shift to something else Christian to attack!

I’m surprised that the way we count years from the birth of Christ hasn’t been attacked yet. We are talking about some of the most vicious anti-Christian haters I have ever seen!


8 posted on 05/27/2014 11:30:32 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: winner3000

They have done that partially by using the Before Common Era/Common Era (BCE/CE) instead of BC/AD.


9 posted on 05/27/2014 11:31:50 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

5 day week, two days off, 3-10 hr days.

Work hard play hard.

Also election day would be a forced national holiday.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 11:33:02 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: winner3000

It already has. AD is now CE. BC is now BCE.


11 posted on 05/27/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: C19fan
But why do we observe the week?

Because God says so.

Neil Verwey, the late founder of Japan Mission, once told the story about a Japanese woman who was grateful for the God who had established Sundays, since prior to Christianity coming to Japan, there were no weeks, and people were lucky to get a day off once a month. Christianity liberates, wherever it's tried.

12 posted on 05/27/2014 11:33:27 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: C19fan
I've seen this suggestion crop up every few years since I was a toddler.
Somehow, a 10-day week, a 100-second minute and a 100-minute hour and whatnot was supposed to be easier.
It was unnecessary then, even more unnecessary now when computers are doing all the calculations.

13 posted on 05/27/2014 11:35:38 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: C19fan

I believe it is based on the lunar cycles.

You know, howling at the full moon and all that...


14 posted on 05/27/2014 11:36:04 AM PDT by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: C19fan

I have been working 12 hour rotating modified shifts for decades. Four on, three off, three on, two off, and after each work cluster the shift changes from AM to PM and back. Once during the month you get six days off straight.You get two weekends off per month this way, and the company only needs two scheduled shifts instead of three each day. It requires four teams. For those with a 24/7 365 days a year employer, it’s the best schedule I’ve ever worked.


15 posted on 05/27/2014 11:37:20 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: djf
If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!

Now that's using your noodle...

16 posted on 05/27/2014 11:37:47 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Steely Tom

Going to base ten did make calculations easier.


17 posted on 05/27/2014 11:38:07 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: C19fan

I’m going to guess that humans work best if we have a day of rest every seven days, and that going nine days before getting our day of rest will tire us out too much.


18 posted on 05/27/2014 11:38:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaNew
What kind of nonsense is this? The week was instituted by God himself and goes back as far as recorded history, the Bible, in the first chapter of Genesis.

It's exactly BECAUSE the 7 day week was a creation mandate that it is being opposed. Just like every other creation mandate.

Gender roles
Marriage
Work
Sabbath
reproduce
subdue the earth
19 posted on 05/27/2014 11:40:15 AM PDT by armydoc
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To: C19fan

forget about it. It is bad enough now with people who don’t know when to give it a rest. I work with freaks who don’t know anything about business hours. I’m not playing.


20 posted on 05/27/2014 11:41:18 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: C19fan
I think we should go to Centaurian time. Standard thirty-seven hour day. Give it a few months. You'll get used to it... or you'll have a psychotic episode.


21 posted on 05/27/2014 11:42:14 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: armydoc

Right and the Bible says this stuff will happen in the very last days, “but not yet.”


22 posted on 05/27/2014 11:42:32 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

What kind of nonsense is this? The week was instituted by God himself and goes back as far as recorded history, the Bible, in the first chapter of Genesis.
However, this kind of nonsense is prophesied to be implemented in the last days (Daniel 7:25), “but not yet.”


It’s kind of an Old Testament thing. The New Testament is all about every day being equal to every other day. They are all a gift from God, none to be celebrated over any others.

And NO, I am not a JW. ;-)


23 posted on 05/27/2014 11:43:13 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: djf

The seven-day week adopted by the Romans did not come from the Jews. The astrologers invented it based on the fact that they knew of five planets plus the sun and the moon. Had they known of six planets, they would have had an eight-day week.


24 posted on 05/27/2014 11:43:38 AM PDT by idov
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To: C19fan
You know what they should get rid of. Time zones and daylight savings time. The U.S. should abolish 2 of the 4 time zones and just have an Eastern and Western time zone with the Mississippi River being the dividing line. Abolish Daylight Savings Time altogether.

Productivity would shoot through the roof.

25 posted on 05/27/2014 11:45:23 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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Egyptian had a 9 day work week.

this is the “people are just slaves” mentality. Family is illegal, rest is illegal, just work 365 like an obedient slave.


26 posted on 05/27/2014 11:48:55 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: idov
Had they known of six planets, they would have had an eight-day week.

Beatles Time

27 posted on 05/27/2014 11:57:02 AM PDT by mikrofon (Temporal BUMP)
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To: longtermmemmory

The Soviet Union tried to force New Soviet Man into a 10 day week cycle. It was done in large part to eliminate Sunday as a religious day of rest, just as this author wants to do. But it didn’t work with New Soviet Man either. He turned out to be a Vodka swilling wife beater.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 11:59:15 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: Vigilanteman

” How about the sloths and the undulates and all the species with fewer digits? “

And how about Hound Dog Taylor?


29 posted on 05/27/2014 12:04:16 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: longtermmemmory
Egyptian had a 9 day work week.
this is the “people are just slaves” mentality. Family is illegal, rest is illegal, just work 365 like an obedient slave.

I think this is, in the end, exactly what this proposal would lead to.

30 posted on 05/27/2014 12:05:42 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: C19fan

I don’t remember God’s Bible mentioning what happened on the eighth day, only the first seven. I guess there is always the bris...


31 posted on 05/27/2014 12:05:53 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: C19fan

Didn’t the Navy somewhat ‘toy’ with this in regards to the Nuclear Submarine Crews that were capable of being submerged for ‘weeks/months’ at a time?


32 posted on 05/27/2014 12:06:04 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)"Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak.".)
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To: PapaNew

“What kind of nonsense is this?”

A. Ego
B. Vanity of Vanities
C. Godless Communism
D. All of the Above


33 posted on 05/27/2014 12:10:25 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Bryanw92

It already has. AD is now CE. BC is now BCE.

_________________

NOt in my world.

I chalk the CE and BCE users as group think bots.


34 posted on 05/27/2014 12:10:39 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: BitWielder1

I’ve seen similar suggestions, where you have a 10 hour day, with a 100 “minutes” & 100 “seconds” – you’d still have the Solar day, but it would be 100,000s long instead of 86,400. The current Second is actually defined as so many billions of vibrations of some Cesium isotope anyway.

I suppose it would be more like Military Time, and without the annoying AM/PM or the 1 o’clock hour coming after 12 ;-)


35 posted on 05/27/2014 12:19:09 PM PDT by mikrofon (Temporal BUMP)
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To: C19fan
A not terribly well veiled attack on Genesis. This fool thinks that replacing order with disorder will somehow work.
36 posted on 05/27/2014 12:19:19 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: C19fan
Slate: The place for every dumb idea.
37 posted on 05/27/2014 12:29:35 PM PDT by APFel (Regnum Nostrum Crescit)
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To: Bryanw92

I remember back in the 1970’s when I asked my grandmother what CE and BCE meant and she told me, “CE = Christian Era” and “BCE = Before Christian Era.”


38 posted on 05/27/2014 12:36:22 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: C19fan

Commandment Four: Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all they work. But the seventh say is the sabbath of the Lord thy God.

That’s a good enough reason for me.

If you want to mess with something, why not change to 10 36-day months (or 12 30-day months) with a five-day “fallow period” at the end to round out a year? The months were originally aligned with moon phases, which no one really cares about anymore and whose 29.5-day cycle is not reflected in the calendar months anyway.


39 posted on 05/27/2014 12:41:28 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: Chickensoup

I just laugh when I hear/read the usage of BC/BCE.

The bigots who changed the terms never even realized that those designations still refer to the same timeline, with it’s foundational center point remaining as the birth of Christ. ;)


40 posted on 05/27/2014 12:41:43 PM PDT by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Reddy

its not it’s.


41 posted on 05/27/2014 12:42:38 PM PDT by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: C19fan

Will they back off if we just call them quarter moons?


42 posted on 05/27/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: C19fan
Wasn't this proposed on SNL years ago?


43 posted on 05/27/2014 12:46:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: C19fan

Abolish homosexuality. It’s unnatural and unnecessary.


44 posted on 05/27/2014 12:52:18 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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I’m surprised that the way we count years from the birth of Christ hasn’t been attacked yet.

Already done

BC now is Before The Common Era. BCE

AD is now After the Common Era. ACE

45 posted on 05/27/2014 1:00:09 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: cuban leaf
The New Testament is all about every day being equal to every other day. They are all a gift from God, none to be celebrated over any others.

Right, we are free from the law and observation of rituals and days etc. Even the Sabbath, as Jesus said, was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

But the week was instituted before the law and tells us something about how God made us. Physically, it has been shown that we benefit greatly by resting one day out of seven. (More obvious, of course, is our need for approximately eight hours of sleep per day.) I believe God put man on hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly cycles, not for legalistic, religious reasons, but it seems like that's how he's made us because these are woven into the very creation itself as described in the first chapter of Genesis.

This has all the makings of oppression by trying to do away with the natural weekly cycle and regular rest (followed later most likely with attempting to do away with 24-hour days and regular daily rest).

The Bible predicts all of this in Daniel 7:25 during the very end of the age. So it's coming but, as the guy in the movie, Gladiator says, "Not yet."

46 posted on 05/27/2014 1:00:38 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: idov
The seven-day week adopted by the Romans did not come from the Jews.

That's nonsense. It was instituted in the very first chapter of the very first book of God's Word, the Bible, in the Book of Genesis, at least 6000 years ago, way before anything called "Rome" was on the scene.

47 posted on 05/27/2014 1:08:30 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: TalBlack
This fool thinks that replacing order with disorder will somehow work.

What big government and its supporters and minions try to do every day.

48 posted on 05/27/2014 1:10:44 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Steely Tom

It should be noted the French Revolution clock and calendar were part of the same “reforms” that included the metric system, which has been an enormous boon to science.

The USA is pretty much the only country that hasn’t gone metric at this point.


49 posted on 05/27/2014 1:18:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: C19fan

In the mid-1960’s, there was a proposal to add another day to the week. Maury Wills Day would be inserted between Friday and Saturday, creating an eight-day week with a three-day weekend.

It was around that time that the Beatles released a song entitled “Eight Days a Week.” They probably anticipated that if Maury Wills Day were added to the week, their song, being timely, would be a big hit.


50 posted on 05/27/2014 1:33:18 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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