It’s that time of year again.
Britain’s clocks go forward an hour, any minute now. Why do they bother? Why can’t people just get up at a natural time? Oh, it’s because they’re all sleep-deprived and trying to get to the grave earlier. Madness.
I just don’t understand people’s attitudes to time. The clock is supposed to be an instrument that allows you to precisely measure what’s going on in the real word, or rather, as the world turns. Why fuck with it?
I don’t even have an alarm clock, don’t see the need, and it’s a mystery to me how people can deal with their day when it begins with some machine forcing them out of bed. Wake up naturally, and the world is a much easier place to live in.
And what’s with this ‘snooze’ thing? Are you going to get out of bed or not? If you really need the alarm then set the bloody thing for the time you actually want to get up, and then get up when it goes off. Why is that so hard? Something’s definitely wrong there.
And why do some people set their clocks wrong on purpose? 5, 10, 15 minutes fast seems quite common and I hear mumbled excuses about ‘not being late’. What? How can you have a hope of being anywhere on time if you’re not even capable of keeping track of the right time. What sane human being can look at a clock that they know is wrong and treat it as if it means anything?
“Oh, it’s five to ten. I have to be there at ten, but it’s OK, I still have twenty minutes.” And then they bowl up ten minutes late because they weren’t keeping track of time. Madness.
Same goes for summer time, and ‘daylight saving time’. Daylight saving? How does that work? Is there suddenly more daylight if you move the clock? The world turns. It doesn’t slow down or speed up appreciably. Why can’t people just learn to deal with that instead of constructing artificial and confusing ways of doing things?
The whole world should use GMT, and set their working hours etc to reflect local conditions. Instead of asking someone overseas what time it happens to be in their country today, and how accurate their clocks are, and what hours they keep, you can just ask when is a good time to call them back.
Nice to see Ironman posting at 6:30 this morning. Sun shining, human being. That’s the way it should be.