On 4 November the United States will go through the ritual of changing over to Standard Time. Spring water, fall down, as the saying goes – or something like that. It always seems perfectly ridiculous to think that somehow we “save” an hour when all we’re really doing is moving it around.
It’s even worse if you have friends or colleagues in Europe, which make the change a week earlier, on 28 October For one week there will be six hours between St Paul and Frankfurt instead of the usual seven. Next week it’s back to normal.
All this messing with the clocks only proves how artificial the whole idea of time is. Perhaps we’re better off with one time across the globe.