The Sin of Daylight Savings?

David Reinstein,LCSW By David Reinstein,LCSW, 27th Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In many locations, people set their clocks ahead by one hour to gain additional daylight. This 'unnatural' manipulation may have some theological considerations.

The Manipulation of Time by Humankind

Greek mythology holds that Prometheus stole fire from the gods to bring it to humans. He paid a severe price for this ‘sin.’ Fire and light are often related. Is there a corollary regarding the human manipulation of available daylight with the device we refer to as Daylight Savings Time?

As the time to “spring forward” approaches, here’s a brief poem considering the possible theological consequences of fooling around with time.

Breaking A Rule: Trade-Offs

Kept in stealth
In Pandora's Box
Until she did
What she had been told
Never to do,
Daylight was set free
To light
The world;
To illuminate
And make visible
The things
We would otherwise
Be confounded by
Bump into
In the dark.

Light Powers Knowledge

Of and through the eyes.
Perhaps daylight
Was one of the
Temptingly sweet
And juicy
In the fruit
The serpent
Successfully tempted
Into eating.
She and her mate
Had clear instructions
From the only
Law Giver at the time
To never do so;
But,like Pandora,
She was naughty
For better or for worse,
Light does facilitate

Is A Smiling Serpent A Bad Sign?

Is what we do
To award ourselves
An additional hour of
Light then
A modern variety of
Original Sin?
Would seeing us
Set our clocks
Cause that slithering
To grin?


David Reinstein, Daylight Savings, Original Sin, Pandoras Box, Prometheus, Serpent, Theological

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Feb 2013 (#)

We are one more tempting the Gods. lol!

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author avatar Reni Sentana-Ries
27th Feb 2013 (#)

Personally, David, I don't like messing with our clocks twice a year. It unnecessarily complicates the lives of all workers in the transportation industry, i.e. airlines, shipping, etc. and was merely implemented after influential business men as golfers wanted more daylight hours for playing their favorite game.

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author avatar Susan Jane
2nd Mar 2013 (#)

Come and live in Australia. Some states have it and others don't. Then we have time differences between Perth in Western Australia and Adelaide in South Australia (both different) and the eastern states. What a mess this causes. Is it really needed?

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
2nd Mar 2013 (#)

THe fact that some areas have it and other doesn't, certainly does add to some chaos. It is true, as well, here in the US where some states simply have never adopted it.

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Mar 2013 (#)

Quite well written poems. Daylight savings might serve some purpose and not others, but to think about this topic and write poems is a great way.

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