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The darkness that doesn't have to be

Dear Friends,

Darkness in morning. Pitch-black sky at 7 am! I know every year I say this but every year when the season gets to this point I can't stand it. I hate it so because it doesn't have to be. I remember when mornings were light. I remember when they weren't so dark. It will be said the death of jobs doesn't have to be. None of this hideous economic downturn has to be: it's artificially made with a false deficit used as stalking horse to destroy more. I know. I know. But somehow this darkness is an immediate intolerable killer. So I complain.



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Oct. 24th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Diane Reynolds: "Why doesn't it have to be dark at 7? Have I missed Daylight Savings Time beginning?"

There's been several stages -- different for UK and US but all going in the same direction. When I was young, we had 4 months DST and 8 Eastern Standard. Then it was 5 DST and 7 Eastern Standard. It now seems as if it's more DST than ES. I'm told that's to please the mall-owners, store-keepers, barbecue sellers. More money is spent if there is more light at night. In the UK the 2nd years I was there, an experiment was tried. Summer Time (=DST) remained in force throughout the winter. In Leeds up north the sky began to lighten at 10:00 am. I kid you not. What did Parliament care; they didn't get there until they wanted to, say 11 and maybe not then. Or lawyers who get to their offices at 10 in London. There was a bitter outcry from the Yorkshire and other Northern papers and the experiment was stopped the next year. Since I'm an early riser, I'm so aware of waiting for the light and when it finally comes.

Oct. 24th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
"I wrote an article once on Daylight Savings Time. There's really no factual evidence that it helps businesses or farmers--it was largely begun as economic "boosterism" in the early 20th century--a sort of PR gimmick to try to persuade people to stop and shop on the way home from work. It was part of the fascination in that period with "scientific" ideas applied to business. We could easily get rid of it--and I would vote that."

Diane R.
Oct. 24th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
In a letter about the Lisbon Earthquake Rousseau demonstrated most of the deaths and much of the misery was caused by the social arrangements (leading to the way housing was put up and experienced) of the people. He moved out to generalize. What can happen after some custom is put in place is inertia and you always get people who will justify whatever arrangement they are enduring. Sylvia
Oct. 24th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Another view
"We die of cold and not of darkness," Unamuno said, upon hearing that Goethe on his deathbed asked for more and more candles. I live on the far end of the time zone, which I have just moved back to after living on the other end, and I suddenly have good memories of being up early in the dark with my mom, waiting on the school bus in the dark. I always feel that in the early morning in the dark, I am getting a head start on the world. Delusional, I know, but I love it. Wouldn't want it year round, like the change."
Oct. 24th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
"We all have different views. I am for abolishing DST because the transcendentalist in me prefers living according to nature's --or should I say Nature's--rhythm."
Oct. 24th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Time zones across space; ciracadian rhythms
Speaking philosophically and practically the clock is an invention. In the middle ages in Europe there were 12 hours a day and they grew shorter in winter and longer in summer. When people across larger areas wanted to be synchronized that would not do, and with the invention of the pendulum and other mechanisms, a clock that told time by the minute became possible. The question is then which shall the central time zone around which all other clocks are to be understood. A political question. Greenwich emerged because of the power of the British over the seas where longitude was an issue.

We can't follow nature across the globe and catch trains which cross time zones.

Ellen Moody But there is a body and ciracadian rhythm which as I recall is slightly more than 24 hours in its cycle. This is in tune with light and dark and for my chemistry it's a violation and distress to get up in the pitch-dark; in short, it depresses me. When i wake up to the light, I am so much more at peace.
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