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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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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: benschreckinger; calender; politico; slate; 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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