Why do we call it daylight saving time? I find each year that I waste time adjusting about a dozen clocks, resetting alarms and generally being just a tad disoriented and anxious for a day or so. That tad may seem like a small discomfort, but a study from New England has shown that there is an increase in heart attacks for about 3 days after the spring change of time. Our extra tiredness also costs the nation over $400 million according to another study.
Ever since the government under George Washington began to tax farmers trying to make a little extra money through beverage distillation, the bureaucrats have increasingly encroached upon our lives. Freedom has waned at a steady pace and we are in an annoying prison of contradictory nit-picky laws which discourage the economy and frustrate a freedom-loving people. Another opinion estimates that the silly daylight savings mandate costs the country over $2 billion a year.
We moderns are so intelligent that we have abandoned ancient concepts, and imprisoned ourselves in time measured in minutes and seconds. Like Pavolv's dog responding to a bell, we respond to the ticking of a second hand. We are no longer masters of time, but time masters us. Ancient agrarian societies were less stressful than ours and they marked their day by sunset and sunrise. The sun sets on a sliding scale that the body hardly notices. It is an automatic daylight savings time that has a rhythm which matches our biological clock. Could it be true that we who think that we are so much cleverer than the ancients, are in fact a stupid society?