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Monday, December 26, 2005

boxing day...

Back in Victorian times it was considered un-Christian to unwrap presents on Christmas Day. Christmas Day was and still is for many a holy day. Just like the Victorians only allowed their children to play with the Noah;s ark and other religious toys on a Sunday, so they set rules for Christmas Day.

This created a dilemma, when do you give out the presents....

Or another story goes that servants were expected to work on Chrsitmas Day, the big house had to have it's feast, but after they had finished with lunch, most of the staff after having set up everything would go to see the Master of the house and be given their Christmas Box (or bonus) then if home was close go visit the family and take home the Christmas Box.

I'm sure there are other reasons for why in England we call the day after Christmas Boxing Day. I do know that in these modern times Boxing Day for kids of divorced parents ( I was one) is generally the day the other parent gets you. As a kid it's quite fun to have two days to get presents. Spreads it out a bit.

Anyways being English and all, I figured I'd give out some gifts to my blogger friends. I'm not completely sure who reads here. I am fairly sure I have some lurkers... so instead of saying who gets what I offer these three gifts...

First... I wish you all good times with your families and friends for the coming year. Treasure the minutes, let the arguments melt away like snowflakes on wet ground. You never know how long you have with them, waste none of it.

Second... I send healing thoughts and a few well meant nags, for my reasons see gift one. Go get your check ups done, don't skimp on the prevention, your health is your responsibility. Brush those teeth, check your balls and boobies and try to walk at least once a day. While you're at it, check up on that older person you know lives alone. Don't be the neighbour on the news saying well we hadn't seem them around much lately.

Third... I give you the golden rule... something I try to live my life by...

"He should treat all beings as he himself should be treated. The essence of right conduct is not to injure anyone." (JAINISM -
from The Suta-Kritanga, about 550 BCE*)

"Do not do to others what you would not like for yourself." (CONFUCIANISM - from The Analects of Confucius, about 500 BCE)

"I will act towards others exactly as I would act towards myself." (BUDDHISM - from The Siglo-Vada Sutta, about 500 BCE)

"This is the sum of duty: Do nothing to others Which, if done to you, could cause you pain." (HINDUISM - from The Mahabharata, about 150 BCE)

"What you would avoid suffering yourself, seek not to impose on others." (ANCIENT GREECE - Epictetus, the Greek philosopher, about 90 CE*)

"Love your neighbour as yourself." (JUDAISM / CHRISTIANITY - Leviticus 19, in The Torah, about 400 BCE, quoted by Jesus in Matthew 22 and Mark 12, 1st Century CE)

"What is harmful to yourself do not do to your fellow men. That is the whole of the law…" (JUDAISM - from Hillel: The Talmud, about 100 CE)

"None of you truly believes, until he wishes for his brothers what he wishes for himself." (ISLAM - a saying of The Prophet Muhammad, 7th Century CE)

"As you think of yourself, so think of others." (SIKHISM - from Guru Granth Sahib, 1604 CE)

One should be "contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow against himself." (GREAT BRITAIN -
Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher, 1588-1679 CE)

"He should not wish for others what he does not wish for himself." (BAHA'I from the writings of Baha'u'llah, about 1870 CE)

"You should always ask yourself what would happen if everyone did what you are doing." (FRANCE - Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher, 1905-80 CE)

"Treat other people as you'd want to be treated in their situation; don't do things you wouldn't want to have done to you."
(British Humanist Association, 1999 CE)

And as Spock might say... have a happy new year and Live long and Prosper...


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