I won’t spend much time of today’s column because it’s too logical and sensible: I believe our whole, planet-wide understanding of time is screwy and uselessly complex.
Tonight, at 2 AM, we will “spring ahead” to 3 AM instantly. You and I will both get screwed our of an hour of sleep.
What happens is predictable. We will expect a small bump up in accident rates, for example, because people’s personal “clocks” have been tampered with. What’s more, there’s no corresponding drop in accidents the weekend and week following the end of the damnable time-game we’re playing.
To be sure, there are some school safety issues with low-light driving conditions, but why not set the starting time for school’s differently?
See: Here’s the deal: Time is totally made-up and we really don’t need anything other than what real people use anyone: The ONE GLOBAL TIME.
Check out what Wikipedia says about Greenwich or “Zulu” time:
Coordinated Universal Time (abbreviated to UTC) is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. It is within about 1 second of mean solar time at 0° longitude, and is not adjusted for daylight saving time. In some countries where English is spoken, the term Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is often used as a synonym for UTC.
The first Coordinated Universal Time was informally adopted on 1 January 1960 and was first officially adopted as CCIR Recommendation 374, Standard-Frequency and Time-Signal Emissions, in 1963, but the official abbreviation of UTC and the official English name of Coordinated Universal Time (along with the French equivalent) were not adopted until 1967.”
It isn’t like I’m the lone nutjob on this: All military branches seem to run fine on “zulu” time.
When you take an airplane ride somewhere, the pilot’s weather briefing, flight plans, data records…at the important stuff is on UTC.
It also eliminates confusion when dealing with geographically dispersed teams.
I happen to be working with a team right now that is in Florida and California and the Central US. Setting up the “time” for the next Zoom meeting is a waste of precious recourse, yet workgroups all over the world cling to this temporal stupidity, not relaozing that to even discuss anything other than UTC time is indiciative how how weak-minded, uncoordinated, and sloppy people are in their thinking.
Thank God that Daylight Time doesn’t impact UTC!
On that note, Ure is going back to bed this morning as soon as Peoplenomics is posted.
Because it’s about time and I want to bank something for tomorrow nights herding of the sheep.
There’s an old story about daylight time handed down in our family and traced back to the early family days in the Dakotas. A Native Elder known to us is reputed to have said:
“While man foolish. He cuts a foot off one end of his blanket and sews it on the other end. And then pretends that the blanket is long….”
First People may not look, at things like majority rat-racers, but their thinking is admirably clear and unambiguous when it comes to mass self-delusion.
If you operate on local time, you speak volumes about yourself…and not very complimentary ones, if you don’t mind the mention.
I’d say “Wake up!” but that might seem alarming and that might reference time. Screw it…back to bed.
Write when you figure out what time it really is…The correct answer is always “Later than I’d like…”