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If you are happy that the world keeps spinning, time keeps happening, and seasons come and go, then welcome to Solar Day. Solar Day is a quarterly holiday celebrating the passage of time. It is non-political and non-religious. It is a holiday for people who want something to celebrate without having to worry about why that day is special. It celebrates something that is both fundamental and completely beyond humankind.

Each Solstice and Equinox is celebrated by taking some time out of the day to quietly reflect on the previous months. I like to write an account of what I did in those months in a special book I have. Afterwords, you can have a feast if you like.

The Spring Equinox is the Feast of Greens, featuring vegetables. The Summer Solstice is the Feast of Water, featuring soup and fish. The Fall Equinox is the Feast of Grains, featuring bread, and finally the Winter Solstice is the Feast of Meat, featuring delicious meat.

During the feast, it is important to verbally acknowledge all the good and bad things that have been done and that have happened during the past three months.

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A personal sin is a sin against another. In a world of no sin this is a bother. Sin is guilt from your mother. Sin is guilt from your father.

A personal sin is a sin against another. In a world without sin, this is a problem.

It’s not the sin that causes the burden. It is the knowledge that you have hurt someone. To let them down, to break what they thought was good about you. If they had no knowledge of you, it wouldn’t be sin. To expect nothing of you, it would not be sin. Thus how we act is consistent – there is no double standard or prejudices. We act with regard to how we are expected to act. To sin is to act outside of this expectation.

We know sin by the guilt and shame we are given. If we were given no guilt, we would live without sin. But who would give no guilt? Who would not care what we did, live or die, pain or pleasure, intent or accident? An fruit with no flavor or juice is worthless. We try to be the perfect fruit, having not too little or too much juice and flavor.

“For all have sinned and fallen short of glory” but who’s glory? The glory of others. Each other has an individual glory to give, and many of them cannot agree. Some give glory while others give guilt, sin. We cannot sin against no one, unless no one knows us or expects from us. To live without sin is to not live.

Do we cause others to sin? In the same light that our sin comes from abusing the expectations of others, so do our expectations cause others to sin. So what then? Knowing that we cause others to sin, should we seek to stop it? To do so we must cease our expectations, and open our minds to acceptance of all things. We may say to ourselves that our expectations create nothing good, and we must see the world as a river that carries all things past us, regardless of what we expect. But what good does this do us, or anyone else?

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Tom, I simply cannot understand what must have possessed you to think that what you said to me was appropriate or acceptable. (more…)

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