Sunday, October 26, 2014

Abolish Daylight Savings Time

In an industrialized society, nature is always wrong. Humans are always better at it than nature. We're so much smarter, in fact, that in 1895 some wicked smaht human in New Zealand decided that we could, in effect, outsmart nature to give ourselves more daylight hours than nature naturally provides.

And Daylight Savings Time was born.

Eventually, everyone in the world caught on to this amazing idea, and after decades of manually setting clocks backward and forward depending on whether we were springing forward or falling back, clock manufacturers and makers of electronic devices that included LED clocks (like VCR's - relics, right? - and microwave ovens) thought to make things easy for us by programming those devices to spring and fall for us.

Some humans are smart ... you know, like the one's who believe themselves to be in charge. The rest of us are so stupid, we can't even manage to program our own clocks. Thank goodness someone had that brilliant idea.

But, then, of course, so that we wouldn't get too complacent or think that we had any control over anything, in 2007 someone in authority decided to standardize Daylight Savings time so that it begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

What that means is that all of our pre-2007, pre-programmed clocks are wrong.

I woke up this morning already an hour behind, because my clock told me it was one time, but it was actually an hour later.

Thanks everyone.

And next week, we get to do it all again. Yippee!


Daylight Savings Time is an obsolete idea, and not only that, but there have been numerous studies showing the negative health effects caused by this unnatural interruption in our circadian rhythms.

At this point, it's a nuisance, but it can also be detrimental health-wise.

For reference here are a few articles that discuss the health aspect of Daylight Savings Time:

Daylight Savings Time Messes with Your Body Clock

Daylight Savings Time Disrupts Humans' Natural Circadian Rhythm

Daylight Savings Time May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

One of the reasons Daylight Savings Time was encouraged was the belief that more daylight hours would increase economic growth and human productivity. In this day of electric lights everywhere and online shopping, having longer store hours seems a little less necessary, and in fact, some recent studies suggest the opposite - that Daylight Savings Time actually has a negative impact on the economy.

Isn't it time we reevaluated this arcane practice and abolished this springing and falling each year? Seems like we have a lot more important stuff to worry about than whether or not we remembered to set our clock ... like urban farmers who are losing their right to grow sustainable food.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, I would have thought that at our most natural we'd get up at first light, I usually do - although in the summer i don't want to!