Time to Change?

It looks like we’re right about the end of another month. We’re finally seeing the end of September. In a couple of days, as the memes say, we’ll be entering level 10 of Jumanji.

There have been news reports of members of Congress contemplating a temporary halt to the semi-annual time change. In other words, they want to forgo the change in November and stay on Daylight Saving Time until November 2021. Something about alleviating one of the stressors of the public because of the pandemic. I say, let’s go one step further: completely eliminate the time changes altogether. Whether the time stays Standard or Daylight Saving, I don’t care. I just think the whole tradition that became law in 1966 needs to be thrown in the garbage. There’s no energy savings, electric lights are available 24/7. All the time change does is fuck up everyone’s circadian rhythms and makes it so no one arrives anywhere on time. Thankfully, though, cell phones, “atomic” clocks (the ones that change automatically) and the internet have made the old tradition of changing dozens of clocks manually obsolete.

I mean, why can’t we do it? Up until a couple of years ago, half of Brazil had a “summer time” and the other half didn’t. Now, they’ve completely abolished the practice. I say it’s high time the US did something intelligent and do away with it. Why can’t we do it? Are Americans really that stubborn to change? Is it too painful to change something for the better? Several states have already voted to eliminate the time change, pending Congressional action—since it’s a federal law (Uniform Time Act of 1966), only Congress can do away with it. It’s ancient, archaic and antiquated. We need to rethink our relationships with the clock. Arizona and Hawaii are the only two sane states, as they don’t change the clocks. The other 48 need to get it in gear and do away with the ritual. Another reason to eliminate it: we only stay on Standard Time for 17 weeks. We spend 35 weeks in DST. It used to be the first Sunday of April and October. Then it went to the last Sunday of October, and the dates changed twice again to what we currently practice. DST runs from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday of November. Doesn’t it seem pointless to go away from DST for just over four months?

What do you think? Should we maintain this tradition? Or is it time to scrap it altogether? Let me know in the comments or in my Facebook or Instagram pages!

And now a motivational quote to complete your reading today:

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”

William Feather

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