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Sun worshipers rejoicePosted Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 9:33 AM
According to my copy of "The Old Farmer's Almanac," today, the sun rose two minutes earlier than it did on the darkest day of the year. Hurray!
All efforts to locate a virgin for sacrifice (a daunting task these days) can now be suspended. Sol is coming back.
In the days of the ancient Hebrews, the day ended and the new day began at sundown. So when the vineyard owner was hiring laborers at the 11th hours, it was just before sundown. I guess this makes sense when one of the most culturally important aspects of your life is a mandatory day of rest which begins at sundown.
For me, I approach the measurement of days from the inverse. The day begins at sunup. I don't care that it is 4 in the morning. To me, that is still yesterday.
I HATE waking up before sunrise. I always have. Perhaps it is a personal form of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
That is why I dislike daylight savings time. I am glad that Indiana joined the 46 other continental states, but for me, it brings misery. It forces me to wake up in the dark for much of the year and try to fall asleep while still daylight part of the year.
In a way, daylight savings time makes sense. Time is purely human construct and we can do with it what we like. As Benjamin Franklin pointed out, if we move the clocks forward, we will burn fewer candles at night. But what about early to bed, early to rise?
That means burning more candles in the morning. Perhaps Franklin was a late sleeper.
I understand the advantages to daylight savings. More people can get out and play golf after work. It is a general plus to the economy. (who doesn't need that right now). Moreover, what is to be gained by being one of only two states in the continental 48 to be "correct" with an arbitrary construct? Beside, technically, we are so far west of New York that to be "correct," we should be on Central Standard Time.
But my brain must be too unevolved to separate the keeping of time from the sun. (Note: the prevalence of conservative values as evidence of lack of evolution. Eg: I still believe that everyone has the right to life, unless taken by due process of law, after which capital punishment should be implemented relatively speedily).
Daylight savings doesn't start for a few more months yet. I guess for now, I will just be happy with my two extra minutes of morning sun.
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