First We Work, Then We Bathe!

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    Conquered Israel, of the Hellenistic and Roman civilizations: May have been more backward and harsh than even modern Palestine--of other conquerors. The Roman workday is often described as starting about the 1st hour--maybe six a.m., and winding down about the mid-day meal. Post that was the public bath, and the general luxury of leisure time, and productive creativity--even common in the advanced, and more modern: "Siesta" kind of concept.

    Matthew 20::1-16, describes a whole twelve hours. Presumably the "sabbath" took its name from the obvious lack of leisure and creative time: As in "Saturday, Bath!" That can work in a Wild West concept of nobody else nearby for miles!

    So in a high-tech civilization, what does the Judeo-Christian concept of the "full-day's work" have to offer any actual, working civilization on earth?

    In Matthew 25::14-30, The concept of 1-5 is apparently associated with the concept, "Exchangers," a possibly more Romanized batch of folks. Matthew, the gospel writer, is alleged to have been one of them: Romanized, and participant in the tax collections.

    In a total credit market, then quadrants in a box can be created--with the left side of the box the original income scale, and perpendicular lines up and down representing equal amount pay raises. So there is a new income scale on the right side of the box. In Matthew 25::14-30, even there, "zero" never happens, but one talent thing exists in the ground. So the fixed percentage method of a dysfunctional household--but Roman--can be described, and with a more or less complete-level, Roman-style census accounting.

    Slaves could in fact be freed, simply so-stating in a census.

    The good householder, of Matthew 20::16, could assure that each could be given their daily bread, forgiving their debts with anything left over. The Roman slaves could buy their way into former-slave, citizenship status.

    So we do have to keep in mind that these heathen creatures were not at all like us: Especially, apparently, in the conquered region. Even in that region it could be understood that zero was not an outcome.

    What lesson do we learn from the six-hour workday? Two thirds of the peoples now alive on the planet do not have access to safe drinking water, public santitation--and as for the bathing. . . .

    "Crow, James Crow: Shaken, Not Stirred!"
    (Odd that Madam Foreign Secretary, Ivy League educated: Has no clue about other peoples, and other ways of doing business!)
     
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