Daylight Saving Time

March 11, 2000 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
Well, once again it is time for my semi-annual rant about Daylight Saving Time.
In its current incarnation, Daylight Saving Time takes place at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday in March – where we are told to set our clock(s) ahead 1-hour. However, that hasn’t always been the case. Daylight Saving Time has been arbitrarily changed a number of times since its quixotic beginnings.
Daylight Saving time is not a new concept. While visiting France, Benjamin Franklin jokingly proposed a tax on shutters to discourage citizens from blocking out sunlight and wasting valuable candles lighting a room that could be naturally lighted by the sunlight that the shutters blocked.
The modern-day concept of Daylight Saving Time is a 20th-century idea devised by politicians to “save” daylight. The fact that Daylight Saving Time was conceived by politicians should be the first indicator that it is an ill-conceived, harebrained, cockamamie idea, and should automatically disqualify it from having gravitas. It is akin to cutting 12 inches off of the end of a blanket, sewing the severed piece of blanket to the opposite end, then claiming that you made the original blanket a foot longer.
Thanks to modern technology, most of our clocks automatically make the adjustment for us these days…unless you are such a troglodyte that you don’t have any electronic timepieces in your home. In today’s “24/7″ world, why do we still subject ourselves to the semi-annual ritual of adjusting our clocks forward or backward? I say that we should decide on time standard, then let our circadian rhythm gradually adjust our “body clocks” naturally as the seasons progress. Mankind survived for millennia using this tried and true method.
One more thing, exactly how are people supposed to “spring forward” after losing an hour of sleep? I don’t know about you, but after losing an hours sleep, the last thing I want to do is be active. At least retirement affords me a small advantage over most people. After I “spring forward” to shut off my alarm, I can “fall back” into my bed if I desire, and “get back” the hour of sleep that all of you poor ‘working stiffs’ lost because of this ridiculous ritual.
The only constructive purpose for Daylight Saving Time that I can come up with is that it serves as a reminder to check/change the batteries in our smoke detectors…but these days we can easily set reminders on our computers, and even our smartphones, to remind us to do that.


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