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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 10:17 AM

Some thoughts on the origin of the Sabbath and how it relates to businesses reopening

The six days of creation and seventh day of rest tale in Genesis was probably meant as a bedtime story for Jewish children who wondered why nobody should work on the Sabbath, but I have a theory that the real origin of the Sabbath was as a sort of truce between workers to all take the same day off once a week so that they wouldn't steal business from each other and put pressure on everyone to work every day.

The current nationwide closing of non-essential businesses is in effect a sort of extended Sabbath, and I suspect that ending it prematurely will trigger that same worrying phenomenon. When some businesses and/or states reopen they will have a competitive edge against those who more wisely wait, pressuring all businesses and states to reopen. And that will only make the second wave worse.

It would be convenient if we could solve the problem like the ancient Jews did, by dreaming up a story that a supreme being has mandated that all non-essential businesses must stay closed, but that's not an option, and the only alternative is a nationwide government mandate that those businesses stay closed, which is the opposite of what our present government seems inclined to do.

So stand by for the second wave. It's going to be big.

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Response to Towlie (Original post)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 11:34 AM

1. Workers truce --- Barbers did this.

Until the chains came into business, barber shops in my area were closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. There were a few in urban office buildings that unions allowed to open on Weekdays.

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Response to Towlie (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 12:44 PM

2. Huh? There were no workers.

There were household slaves, agricultural families, merchants and craftsmen. Wage labor was mostly non-existent.

But besides that there is zero evidence that the nonsense creation stories were “for children”. The biblical cosmology was instead considered to be accurate by the Abrahamic religions until the modern era when oops, scientific observations started piling on the evidence that it was all obviously bullshit. And even then the religious institutions tried to suppress that evidence. See for example Galileo.

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