Tonight is the night for information dispensing types. With Daylight savings upon us, these walking libraries of useless information are in their element, telling everyone and anyone who crosses their path “lest ye forget, tonight thy clocks must go forward!”
It is that one ritual of the year that, for me, signals change. Time to put away the knee socks of winter and release my shins to bask in the ultraviolet rays of the earths sun. Time to start doing outside activities after dinner that involve more than the garbage bin. Time to…well, save.
Saving time has become increasingly important in these post-GFC times. Chronological savings are a key component of the current government's controversial push to deliver a budget surplus. This has caused strong reactions across the country, particularly in Queensland where there are very real fears that introducing a federally mandated time savings plan could lead to faded curtains from increased sun exposure and missed screenings of favourite TV shows. Apparently it would also upset the cows.
The saving of time has been a key component of capitalism, since a certain stream of socialist theory emerged in Russia that believed in fair and even distribution of 24 hours amongst the people. In reaction to this, early Western financial markets began commoditising hours, eventually leading to some government's including their yearly allocation of days as a component of GDP.
Today, we save daylight for almost six months but just what we collectively do with this, we don't really know. Economists suspect that each one of us accumulates on average, with compounding interest, 34 years worth of daylight in a lifetime. Big banks are now only starting to get into the game, offering online-only daylight savings accounts linked to your regular ATM account.
With demand for daylight booming from emerging economies such as China and India, this yearly federal saving of ultraviolet light shows no time of stopping, unless Queenslanders have their way.
So don't forget to put the clock forward and save some time for your future and your country.