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While web surfing I accidently found a post by Sasha Chislenko about Newtonmas and I thought it is a great idea so now it's p.r. time! Here is a copy of the original post:
" [ This is my traditional mailing at the end of the year; I am sending it out early this time so that you have time to pass this letter along to your friends. Please let me know if you have any comments on this text. - Sasha ]
--------------------- Merry Newtonmass ! ------------------------
As you may know, Christmas as a holiday was instituted a few centuries after the alleged birth of Christ, on the day when the non-Christian population used to have their festivities anyway. This operation to ideologize the masses while letting them have their fun may have been one of the most crucial and successful ideological decisions in the history of the human society.
This later became a typical trick of subverting the meaning of an event while preserving people's favorite ritual shell.
As an attempt to do this again for a good cause, some good people (*) came up with a suggestion to celebrate Newtonmas instead of Christmas. Unlike Christ, Sir Isaac Newton was definitely born on December 25. Newton's contribution to the world of reason and influence of his thoughts on the essence of the modern civilization and worldviews and occupations of most readers of this message - not to mention on the existence of the technological systems that made sending this message possible - is a lot more certain than contributions ever ascribed to Christ.
So why not put some sense into your festivities and celebrate Newtonmas this year? This can be fun too! You can play various games with apples (grown and kept fresh until winter by modern industry), and decorate the technological objects that have been bringing you so much joy this year - from your PC to TV set to your car. You can also dress up as Solar Cause and bring your children (together with sounds "He! He! He!" - an expression of playfulness and the chemical sign for Helium) stories about the real source of life and energy on this little planet. A figure of Luna, a friendly companion of Solar Cause, may bring an additional participant into your performance, and show the spectators that the best effects result from long-term collaboration of real-life forces, and that they can learn in every detail how things work, understand the world they live in, and make it still better with the combined power of their own minds and bodies.
Merry Newtonmas, everybody!"
(*) See also the story of Ex-Mass and Solar Cause by Tom 0. Morrow at http://members.aol.com/t0morrow/Ex-Mass.html
Alexander Chislenko http://www.lucifer.com/~sasha/home.html
-- no (email@example.com), December 10, 2002