Daylight Saving Time

March 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Greetings time travelers. Once again, at 2:00 AM tomorrow morning, Daylight Saving Time goes into effect. Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed. It is also a good time to check/change the batteries in your smoke detector.

In today’s “24/7″ world, why do we still subject ourselves to the bi-annual ritual of adjusting our clocks forward or backward? I say that we should just pick one, and let our circadian rhythm gradually adjust our “body clocks” naturally as the seasons progress. Mankind survived for millennia using this tried and true method.

Although 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. 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. The fact that this notion was conceived by politicians should be the first indicator that this is an ill-conceived, hair-brained, cockamamie idea, and should automatically disqualify it from having gravitas.

At least retirement gives me a small advantage over most people, After I “spring forward”, I can “fall back” into my bed if I desire, and “get back” the hour (or more) of sleep that all of you poor ‘working stiffs’ lost because of this ridiculous practice.

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