Let There be Light


Grace Anderson

There are two types of people in this world: early birds and night owls. I, myself, am an early bird. Waking up to see all sorts of yellows, oranges, reds, purples, and blues painted across the horizon produces such oxytocin and dopamine chemical deluges in my brain to cause me to dance out of bed. 

That may or may not be an exaggeration, but you get the point. I love waking up in time with the sun. Sometimes, due to a lot of homework, a faulty alarm clock, or some other abnormal event, I can’t rise on schedule. However, this is thankfully an anomaly. At least, it was until daylight savings time. 

Daylight savings in the U.S. was first proposed in 1918 by Benjamin Franklin. According to National Geographic, “He proposed a two-hour time shift so he would have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer.” 

In other words, Franklin was a night owl. Instead of waking up early to hunt for bugs, the genius changed the entire American time system. Now, dear reader, you tell me: was that brilliant, or was it lazy?  

Regardless, people latched onto the idea and it stuck like glue. And not your average, innocuous, school-boy Elmers glue. This was permanent, super, gorilla glue because this (pardon my frankness) dumb nation-wide event is still around today. 

On March 14, 2021, all phones, tablets, and computers automatically flat-out skipped an hour of our precious lives without our permission. That day, when I woke up at 6 am, instead of being greeted with the dawn, I was confronted with darkness. It put a damper on my Sunday. I genuinely look forward to getting up with the sun, and 7 am (the current sunrise time) is too late to fit with my school and work schedules. Daylight savings—for the sake of early birds’ morning routines and sanity—should be terminated. 

“What about the night owls?” some may ask, and to that, I reply: turn on a darn light. Your evening does not revolve around the sunset, and unlike the 1900s, we have modern technology. Eliminating daylight savings is an all-around good idea.