Posted by: aboutalbion | January 30, 2018

The religion of the UK

Can you have a religious calendar without a religion?

Earlier in January, I appreciated a piece in my weekend newspaper which drew attention to the current annual pattern of commercial themes for UK citizens to make use of.

The writer listed a commercial calendar that included New Year’s Eve, Burns Night, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, St George’s Day, April Fool’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night, Remembrance Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.

When taken together, the writer argued that these special days have the character of a religious calendar.  First, these special days partitioned the year into nominated seasons.  Second, each of the seasons invested distinctive emotional content into the season’s special day.  Third, each special day had the potential to bring citizens together in shared activities.

Taken together, the writer concluded that this commercial calendar for the UK functions as a religious calendar.

It seems to me to be true to life to suggest that the high priests of “the economy” have developed this religious calendar over the years.

I find it strange that these same high priests of “the economy” do not explicitly name the ‘object’ of their adoration and veneration, because, for me, it is difficult to imagine a religious calendar without a religion.

I can only think that the secrecy of the high priests of “the economy” on this matter might have something to do with an understandable reluctance to explain the efficacy of the UK’s religion when “the economy” dips, nose-dives, gets out of control, or collapses.


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