Daylight Savings Time is upon us. That annual time when we move our clocks 1 hour ahead of the standard meridian we use to measure the passing of time. There are those who love the time change. But I am not one of them.
Our changing of the clocks is an old tradition. Some old traditions like traditional marriage, the family, and the Church, are well worth keeping. But this tradition is no longer needed in our 24 hour highly technical society.
The tradition was a great idea when a day was still measured from sunrise to sunset. Moving the clocks ahead 1 hour gave more daylight that could be devoted to more work getting done.
But our technology has supplanted that need for daylight to get more work done. Even in rural communities, like my home state of Iowa, tractors can be seen in the fields late at night with massive bright lights that illuminate the night.
And our society operates at a 24 hour level. Many businesses are open and available 24 hours every day. Add in the internet and there is nothing that can’t get done even in the darkest part of the night.
Daylight is obsolete. Changing the clocks does harm as well. It produces high stress which can lead to illness. Especially in those first couple of weeks after we spring forward.
Fortunately states can opt-out of Daylight Savings Time. And with Congressional approval they can move to Daylight Savings Time year round if they choose to take that route instead. Currently only Arizona has opted out of Daylight Savings Time.
But there are many states that have such legislation pending. Either to opt-out or move to Daylight Savings Time year round. I don’t care which way one goes with it. Just pick 1 time and stay on it. Lets not change the clocks again afterwards.