Time isn’t real

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Graphic by Ashley Averill

Why can’t the whole world just agree to be on the same time.

Bridget Janis, Features Editor

It’s that time of year where the sun sets at 5 p.m. and we spend half of our day in darkness. Daylight saving time has happened once again, and we have gained one hour of sleep just for that night. What also comes along with daylight saving time is that I start to freak out about the concept of time and start claiming that time isn’t real.

So, gaining that one hour of sleep means the sun will set one hour earlier — makes sense. But what does not make sense is how that one-hour difference makes the sun set at 5 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. Daylight saving is just another reason that time isn’t real and nothing of the concept adds up in my head.

Some places in the world have never even used daylight saving time and now some states are wanting to end it. That couldn’t make sense then, why would some parts of the world be okay with shifting our clocks back an hour and some parts of the world just opt out of it? That makes me think that daylight saving time is just a social contract conducted in some parts of the world, but I think we can all come to an agreement on not doing it because, in my opinion, daylight saving time doesn’t even matter.

Why would everyone just agree to shift time for a couple months then shift back? Like, can’t we all just come to the same conclusion and choose one way or another? I personally would just rather keep one time and just learn to adjust to life that way.

I mean, why is Australia already on tomorrow? It would be easier if time was just one factual piece and everyone on Earth had the same time zone. Australia would just have to consider p.m. times as morning and a.m. times as night. But this would just make everyone’s lives easier.  

So, let’s say theoretically, a big event happens in Michigan on Nov. 4 at 3:45 p.m., but to someone in California, that event happened on Nov. 4 at 12:45 p.m. What would be the actual time it happened — did it happen at 3:45 or 12:45? 

Time is a fake concept for us to follow and does not truly stand for anything, and there is no reason for us to all be in different time zones. The United States alone has six different time zones, which is six too many. 

Daylight saving time is such a scam into making everyone try to follow a social contract. For one, I don’t believe time is real, the sun rises and the sun sets, end of story. No matter how many time zones we have and how many participants of daylight saving time there is, no one is on the same page of what time it is, so that means no one knows what time it actually is.