People talk about putting your best foot foreward, and they talk about the strength of first impressions. In many things, we sandwich the unimportant between a strong beginning and a strong conclusion.
It stands to reason, then, that we can actually determine what somebody values based on what they choose to begin with. This realization occured to me when I was scoping out my blog page.
I noticed something interesting about one of the widgets off to the right. Check out the calender, over there. ————————–>
Do you notice anything?
If you’re like me, you notice that Monday is the first day of each column. Saturday and Sunday are thrown on the end. To some extent, this is the natural out growth of that term “week end”, being made up of Saturday and Sunday.
I don’t know how common this is, or where it originated. That part doesn’t matter.
But what I find interesting is the implication. Monday is when the work week begins. And that, apparently, is of primary importance to us. That, after all, is what we put in the beginning of each row.
I’m not saying that there’s anything absolute about the traditional calendar, where the first day is Sunday. This is recognized traditionally as a day of worship, as a result of the days of the week Jesus was crucified and resseructed on. It makes sense to me to emphasize this as the important one. But I guess what I’m trying to say is that the switch isn’t insignificant or accidental. Subtext and world view are inescapable. Dropping one day as the first day of the week doesn’t happen with out choosing another to replace it. And the choice of Monday as the beginning of the week is laden with it’s own implications and baggage: our ultimate identity lies in our productivity; our professions define us; our participation in the world’s economic systems is the most important participation we have to offer.