Reality Reflection: The Insanity of Daylight Savings Time

This past weekend we went through the experience of daylight savings time where I live.  I’m not a fan of the whole time change thing, it’s a hassle I don’t need.  I don’t mind it because of the lost/gained hour of sleep depending on which end of the daylight savings time (DST) we’re on, I have a great schedule that lets me catch up.  What I don’t like is the hassle it creates when trying to communicate with people in other parts of the world outside of my time zone (which is challenging enough), the difficulty of changing all the clocks and the grumpy people for several days after.

Like many controversial things DST has people who celebrate it and those who say there’s no reason to have it anymore.  I can see both sides.  I agree that changing the time may be helpful to those who like light at the beginning/end of the day.  However, the research that has been done into the costly effects of doing DST is very convincing.  One of the biggest aspects has to do with our use of electricity and lighting.  We’re not all on farms anymore and have to get up at the crack of dawn and are dependent on our ability to see by natural light to do our work.  Now we’ve got electricity to light up our world and research shows that the changes of dark and light with the time change actually raise our use of electricity.

So the controversy of DST is really another discussion on the topic of insanity.  By continuing to do DST are we doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?  If the research is right then DST definitely falls into the category of insanity, especially if we care about the future of the earth.

While you and I may not have a whole lot of influence over whether or not the powers that be will get rid of the practice of DST there are probably other insanities in your life that you can conquer, maybe even some that have to do with being productive like DST is supposed to address.   Don’t be afraid of what you’ll lose if you make changes and try to move away from the insanities, instead focus on all that you can gain.

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