Tuesday, July 09, 2019

On Special Occasions

The older I get, the more this is true.

Our society does not work that way, however.  Special occasions are, well "special".  Totally disconnected from our day to day existence.  Once upon a time "Sunday best" used to be a phrase - partially, of course, because in an agricultural society "Sunday Best" does not translate to Monday through Saturday, but also partially because work was not a special occasion.

Interestingly, ancient warrior cultures, such as the Samurai and Native Americans, had it more right.

For the samurai, it was important to look your best at each and every moment, because you never really knew that you would have the next moment - and were you to pass away, it was considered a courtesy to you slayer to be as well dressed up as possible.

"A warrior preparing himself for battle presents his most splendid appearance.  That is, he gets himself ready to die.  The idea of full dress in preparation for a battle does not come from a belief that it will add to the fighting ability.  The preparation is for death, in case that should the result of the conflict.  Every Indian wants to look his best when he goes to meet the Great Spirit." - Wooden Leg, Cheyenne

In reality, there are no special occasions.  There is only life and death, and I have a pretty good sense that (from a purely physical view) there is no special occasion celebrated by a corpse.  Act and live accordingly


  1. I really like this way of thinking. It shows respect for oneself, others, and The Creator. People nowadays have gotten so, well, so sloppy in dress and general appearance. And sadly, their attitudes have gotten sloppy as well. It's a credit to nobody, least of all themselves. I can't say I live this out, however. The practical me keeps several sets of clothes. Old and stained for working in the barn, garden, and other "dirty" work like trimming muddy hooves or wrestling firewood. Old but clean for working with in the house, especially with food, also when milking. Nice clothes for going to town or visiting. Still, it's something to think about.

  2. Leigh, I think it is more a mindset than anything else, that one will live every day as a special occasion. The appearance, as you so clearly point out, is not as important as the attitude.


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