Something rather strange dawned on my today. Around noon, I checked my phone only to find several urgent emails from some of my business associated in the United States. It seems like they had forgotten that Good Friday -- the Christians call getting nailed to a tree Good, apparently -- is a holiday up here in Canada. My Australian associates remembered of course, they get Friday and Monday off too.
And so, it's true. I checked it. Americans -- the most religious people in the developed world -- don't get today off. Yet I, living in this bastion of secularity, Montréal, Québec of all places, do. As I mentioned above, extremely secular Australia seems to get both today and Monday off.
Actually last week one business contact informed me he would be attending mass and would pray for me. I've run into this flaunting business before and I've written about the extremely religious e-mail signatures I occasion upon in business emails. It all seems rather odd and shocking to this secular Canadian. Up here, one simply does not mix religion with business -- it might prove to be an unwanted obstacle to getting the contract signed.
Honestly, sometimes I'm baffled at how Americans could even have a godless constitution and an Establishment Clause. When one looks at the way things are down there, how could this have ever happened? Did it ever happen? Well, they have the documents to prove it, I suppose. Looking at the culture itself versus the documents of their Founding Fathers, I wonder if it wasn't some freak accident.
Well, I know I'm not expressing my thoughts clearly. Sue me, it's a holiday.