Podcast Episode 169
with our guest David Henkin

The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Made Us Who We Are


David Henkin is a life-long historian specializing in uncovering the ancestral events that are the roots to many of the social norms of today. He has published many of his findings in books that are available nationwide. I invited David onto the show today because I read his latest book “The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Made Us Who We Are” and found it incredibly insightful. In the book David explains the events that led to the phenomenon of the entire world unanimously adopting the structure of the seven-day week, and the many revisions that structure has gone through over the years that made it what it is today.

Show Notes

In this interview I am joined by David to talk about his book, the origins of the modern week, and the implications of his claims for the average person. We dig into the likelihood that the week may face another revision in our lifetimes, as well as the chance that the week could become obsolete all together. Our discussion also explores the way that the modern week has become engrained in society, religious practice, and our identities.

“You can call it different names. You can disagree about where it starts. You can disagree about what it means, but no one disagrees with the structure of the week!”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • The origin of the modern week.
  • How the seven-day week has influenced modern society.
  • Our dependency on structure.
  • The likelihood of the week experiencing another major change.
  • How the week could be better.

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Visit the David Henkin guest page right here on goodliving.com!