Thoughts on 2012, the New Year and Breakfast
…Do remember, that before, during and after the thought(s) comes the ‘silence’ [or non-thought(s)]…
Just because it’s no longer the 1st of January, doesn’t mean it’s not New Years and just because it’s after twelve (12) o’clock p.m. in the afternoon when you eat your very first meal after awakening doesn’t mean it’s ‘lunch’ ‘brunch’ or ‘dinner’.
The thing about New Years is that it’s a lot similar to breakfast. Most people have been conditioned (actually, ‘programmed’) to think that ‘breakfast only occurs between the hours from the earliest that you awaken up until 11:59 a.m. or 12 o’clock p.m. (noon time). Anything eaten after 11:59 a.m. and before 4:00 p.m. is considered ‘lunch’. When in fact, whatever one first eats after arising from the previous day, is breakfast. No matter how late in the day (or night).
With a little research and [un]common-sense, many people can find this out on their own. However, I’ve taken it as a task upon myself to explain.
First, let’s trace the etymology (word history/origins) of the word, ‘breakfast’. Although when finding the ‘scholarly’ roots of the meaning of breakfast leads us to an explanation pertaining to something to do with “to bite into,” and “lunch”, break (v.) + fast (n.); by using our [un]common-sense and deductive reasoning of our Mynd’s Eie, we can see that Breakfast consists of two words: break + fast. Whenever we consciously stop eating for a certain period of time, we are considered to be [voluntarily] ‘fasting’. Now, if your Doctor (Dr./MD) tells you that you must fast for 12 hrs before undergoing a blood lab, the type of fasting involved actually falls somewhere between voluntary and involuntary. We’ll call that ‘psuedo’-voluntary fasting, since had it not been for your Dr. telling you not to eat or drink anything after a specified time, you’d probably be eating. OK, here’s where we get to the point I’m making: Whenever we go to sleep, we don’t eat anything (unless we have some type of disease or condition similar to ‘walking in our sleep’, whereby we “eat” while sleeping). Since we are not consciously, ‘not eating’ anything when we go to sleep, this is considered an involuntary fast. So, since we all know that fasting or to fast means not eating any food or drinking any liquids, we’ll move onto the next word, which is break. Now break means to separate something in parts or render not workable. It also means to ‘stop’ or ‘cease’. When we eat something for the first time after our involuntary fast from sleeping and not eating, we are ‘breaking’ the ‘fast’. This is what breakfast means: to break the previous night’s fast.
So, you see, if we awaken after 3:00 p.m. from a nightly sleep, whatever we decide to eat is “breakfast”; whether it is pizza or the proverbial breakfast dish of eggs, sausage & grits or processed ‘breakfast’ cereal with milk or pancakes/waffles, etc.
Perhaps back in the 1600’s when the term breakfast was first used and documented, the first meal of the average person was around noontime; hence the reference to ‘lunch’. What do you think?
*Your [un]common (comments)-sense (sents) & received viewpoints on this are welcome.
So, you’re probably wondering, “OK, but how does this tie into New Years?” Right?
Here goes: New Years day is traditionally celebrated after 12:00 a.m. midnight and the rest of the following day until 12:00 p.m. midnight the following day/night. Whenever I’ve heard someone giving others well-wishes during this time, I’ve always heard them say, “Happy New Year(s)!!!” I’ve never heard them say, “Happy New Years Day!!!”.
The ‘day’ of bringing in the new year is old after it’s passed and over with. The year (365 days, etc.) isn’t old until after it has passed and over with, when we ‘ring’ in the “new” (next) year. For example: If the last time I had seen an old friend of mine was on November 11, 2011 and didn’t see them again until April 8, 2012, I would be correct in greeting them with the phrase, “Happy New Year!!!”. So, what I’m saying is we can technically great someone else with, “Happy New Year” all through the year and be correct. Of course, if the person you’re greeting isn’t “happy” and your greeting does not cause them to be happy, then maybe it wouldn’t be correct.
My point is to not just accept everything you hear or read. Conduct research to find out the origins and true meaning of words that you hear, read and use. It could provide you with a bit of enlightening insight that could help foster a deeper understanding of how we as people arrived at the point we’re currently at and appreciation of some of the strides we’ve made. After all, a people language is an expression of all that they were, are and will be. Always listen closely to what someone else is saying (verbally and/or in written form). This was written to help stimulate your critical-thinking skills and to illustrate that learning doesn’t have to be boring and always so serious. I had fun writing this and hope you enjoy reading it.