I don’t like many words. The reason I don’t like some words is mostly because I cannot remember them. Or I have troubles to pronounce them. I could give you mine list and you could give me yours.
But we have to talk. The language is a tool to communicate. A way how you can tell me your thoughts or needs and I can understand them. We need to have labels. We need to have an idea what a “red wall” means.
Maybe you don’t like the red color and I prefer windows, anyway, we both agree that red is color at the end of the spectrum, as of blood, and that wall is a continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land.
It’s the same with a time.
Five in the morning, or 5 a.m. for short, is five hours since the start of the day. And the exact second when the day starts is another agreement we use to be able to arrange meetings. It should be at some time in the middle of the night.
Problem is when someone wants to change some words. Same labels. Everyone has a different opinion. If our agreement of names for colors should change, I’m sure we would have big problems. No one would be happy. The best way is to keep it as it is.
And now Europe Union is thinking about canceling daylight saving time!
Of course, people are crazy because of that. The DST debate is never-ending story, but now with the EU step it’s spicier. People like a stereotype and if something should be changed, everyone has its own interest.
I haven’t seen many supporters of preserving DST. Probably because much more of people voted for cancellation of DST. Anyway, we can eat popcorn and have fun reading discussion between two groups of people:
One group wants to preserve standard time. They have many good reasons, such as light in the morning in the winter. It’s standard time, after all.
The second group wants to preserve “summer time”. To have light longer in the evenings instead of having a light in the morning. So they don’t have to get up early.
The discussion is even more fun. For example, some people argue we care only about ourselves and not about animals. People who think they are clever are laughing about it, but they are forgetting animals have to adapt to our biorhythm.
You know, time is just a label. We will not have more light during the day. Only thing which will change is at which label sun will rise and at which label will be sunset. That’s the only thing which matter.
If you want to get up with the first sunshine, it will be still the same time as always, but the label will be different. If you want to get up at a different time, such as two hours after the first sunshine, again it will be the same time but different label.
Sun and Earth are giving us biorhythm. We are giving to that biorhythm labels so we can call our girlfriend and tell her we will pick her at five. And she will be ready at five fifteen, as usual.
Time is just a label.
We hate interruption of stereotype, the change. So the most important thing is to cancel changing time twice a year. Which time we pick doesn’t matter. But! We call 12 p.m. noon and 12 a.m. midnight. Therefore the best would be to have noon at noon all the time. Unfortunately, we would need much more time zones than we have currently. So the best time zone is the one which is closest to the reality to not be confused.
To not be confused by just a label.