When I woke one of my boys up this morning, he asked me, “Why do we have to get up so early today?”
I replied, “It’s the government’s fault.”
He grumbled, “Daylight Savings.”
I went on about my business wondering whether or not I should be joking like that with my kids. I decided that it was no big deal. There is no reason to pretend that the government deserves reverence when it makes such completely arbitrary rules like having all the citizens set their clocks back by an hour.
Ok, so it isn’t completely arbitrary. The story told in my circle is that it benefits the Golf Courses because people have more time to play after work. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it would seem logical that someone is benefiting from making the rest of us jump through this hoop.
In my state, Daylight Savings time is a new thing, only a few years old. I couldn’t quite believe it when the state decided to implement it. Now that it has been implemented, I think it is an excellent example of how people go along with insane schemes because of opportunity cost.
I reflected on why I was assimilating to this policy when I am totally against it. I see no practical way around it. The hassle of trying to maintain a different clock and remembering that I am running on a different clock does not seem worth the effort. I don’t really want to spend my time worrying about such a thing either, when it will not change the outcome. Therefore, I comply to an irrational policy of turning my clock back an hour every single spring. Most people I know don’t like it either, so I have to think they see no practical way around it either. This results with a population of people performing the time changing ritual even though they would prefer not.
We joke about it because it is ridiculous, but we are pretty much powerless to change it. We couldn’t prevent it from being implemented. Now that it is in place, it is most likely in place forever. The powers that be, who wanted it, got it put in place because they found the political will, and they found that will because it is benefiting some businesses in some way. It doesn’t affect those of us that hate it to the extent that we are going to find the political will to fight to have it changed back. We have other things that we value more that we want to spend our time on.