Happy Labor Day

In celebration of labor, we’re doing less of it. Half-day of posting today, no posts this weekend or Monday.

You can thank the Knights of Labor for having the first Labor Day parade in 1882, which was not held on Monday, but the day we shall see you next, Tuesday.

“In the beginning, God ordained that man should labor, not as a curse, but as a blessing; not as a punishment, but as means of development, physically, mentally, morally, and has set thereunto his seal of approval in the rich increase and reward. By labor is brought forward the kindly fruits of the earth in rich abundance for our sustenance and comfort; by labor (not exhaustive) is promoted health of the body and strength of mind, labor garners the priceless stores of wisdom and knowledge. It is the “Philosopher’s Stone,” everything it touches turns to wealth.”

– “In the Beginning . . .”: A Knight’s Sacred Oath. Source: Illustrated “Adelphon Kruptos”: The Secret Work of the Knights of Labor [via History Matters]
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  1. Confuzius says:

    Interesting stuff, and very sly “see you next tuesday” reference!

    (Sound out the first two words as letters, then use the next two as acronyms and you can have a parting message for your overbearing manager this afternoon.)

  2. Cowboys_fan says:

    I must admit I’m a little jealous in that I wish I could tell my boss I’m doing 1/2 the work today, and I won’t be back till tuesday!

  3. gibsonic says:

    @Cowboys_fan: with as much as you (and I) post here, i’m sure you’ve squandered at least a half day in the past week or so.

  4. andrewsmash says:

    That quote reminds me that most Knights were members of the landed-nobility who had that ultimate in labor saving devices: someone else to do the work. Only those for whom labor is optional would speak so lovingly about it.

  5. WolfDemon says:

    Aww, this makes me a sad panda. 3 days of no consumerist posts? This is going to be a long weekend.

  6. hop says:

    happy labor day to all of you………..

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  8. CoffeeAddict says:

    Happy Labor Day! I unfortunatle have to work like many but 2.5x pay makes it not as bad :)