“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
Genesis 2:2-3 ESV
What would we do without a weekend? The present concept of the weekend first arose in the industrial north of Britain in the early nineteenth century. It was the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Union to first successfully demand a five-day work week in 1929. If you believe in The Bible, you understand that even God rested on the seventh day of creation and most religions have some planned rest weekend period, observing their belief system. Growing up on a farm, we worked 6 days a week hard core and only necessary work was done on Sunday, as it was our observed day of religion and rest. I remember being surprised (and jealous) that many of my friends’ families did not work on Saturday. Heck, at age 6, I would drive the farm tractor, including on public highways. By age 12, I would be in charge of the hired help in our tobacco fields. I often tell people that my motivation to become a physician was growing up on a farm. Anyway, what has happened in my lifetime amazes me—we have moved toward a 4 day work week. At my stage in life, I am loving it; but, are longer weekends a double edged sword? Will the idle time simply lead to more “party time” and a desire for even more time off?? Perhaps our work structure follows the principles of radiation therapy—in general 5 days a week works better than 4 and better than 7, showing some rest is necessary, but too much is harmful.