It’s that time again. While everybody else is in a fog, I get all hot under the collar. While I realize that this little campaign of mine is still quite small, I have already had one insight: spring forward is certainly the time of year that more people are willing to lend a sympathetic ear to my plea for the recovery of our collective sanity with regard to DST.
That’s obvious right? Because everybody whose clock just sprung forward this morning is tired and out of sorts. This is the moment when people might be willing to get on board with the notion that this might not be the best idea after all. Fall back on the other hand? Everybody all rested and happy with an “extra” hour of sleep? Not so much.
I am afraid that right this moment I’m feeling cynical. I’m feeling like so many of us are already too far gone to care. Given the high amounts of drug use (I’m referring to pharmaceuticals mostly) in the United States, many of us are too tuned out to notice.
I don’t do drugs, I don’t even drink coffee. I notice. Every time. Daylight Savings Time is a bad idea. Anybody who thinks that it is a good idea is looking at just a little sliver of it. (How nice it is to fall back, or to have more sunlight for a few months at the end of a day’s work). Overall, DST doesn’t make good on its promises. Depending on where you live, some days have more sunlight than others. Period. We don’t need to tinker with a construct that we invented in the first place to see if we can squeeze a little bit more out of that sunlight.
It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, people. Down with DST. For good!