posted on Nov, 11 2012 @ 12:41 AM
reply to post by Hefficide
Germany had something akin to the "blue laws" of the American South and Midwest, where nothing could be sold on Sunday except essentials. When I
was there it was illegal to run a lawn mower on Sunday, at least in the city where I was staying.
It isn't true that you cannot have a modern technological society that takes a communal day off once a week.
I think (US) society has gotten FAR more venal since about 1980.
I can remember the scandal of ads FOR PROFIT on the sides of city buses and benches. It was fought over in editorials as being an intrusion, an
assault, on public non-commercial space and peace. Now every pixel of urban space is "hosted" by some corporate entity.
You hardly see an empty lot in a subdivision, unless it is fenced off. And even if it's open access, you wont see the neighborhood kids starting up
a game of sandlot baseball--kids today don't play outside or know how to organize into teams, since teams are too competitive.
Just telling my kids about packaging that wasn't recycled but was re-used: jelly jars intended to be used as juice-glasses. Coffee cans made to hold
nuts and bolts on your dad's work-bench out in the garage. Paper sacks were great for crafts as well as lining wastebaskets. Mayonnaise jars for
catching fireflies in. Newspapers and paper milk cartons, but somehow we generated less trash back then.
Anyway. Sunday after church was the only day my family ate out, unless we had gone to the big city for shopping (about 4 Saturdays per year). But on
Sundays we'd eat in one of the local restaurants. Pray that the preacher went short, so we could beat the baptists to the buffet line and get some
deviled eggs and hot rolls. On a rare occasion we'd drive to the next larger town and eat some seafood, If we did go to the big city on a Sunday
afternoon, it was to take my mom to the symphony and eat some Chinese food.