Daylight Savings Time

Posted: November 3, 2007 in Compassion, Goals, Homelessness, Morality

Tonight is the night (or more accurately 2 AM tomorrow morning) is when Daylight Savings Time ends and Standard Time begins. It’s also when we have to turn our clocks back an hour so that we’ll know what time it is tomorrow morning when we wake up.

The whole concept of Daylight Savings Time was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 and has actually been in use since World War I, so that our nation could conserve fuel to generate electricity.  

Call me simple minded or crazy, but I’ve always thought that instead of re-setting our clocks one full hour, we should split the difference by re-setting them a half hour and then not change it ever again. Leave well enough alone, you know? But then I’m sure that that is just an over simplification of things. Someone would come along and point out the error of my ways and nothing would get done.

In many ways, that is exactly what happens when people try to come up with a solution to homelessness. Everyone wants it to end for one reason or another, but no one seems to be willing to listen to the other side.

On one side, you’ll have people who believe that we should be doing everything we possibly can to help the homeless; on another side there are people who think we should be doing everything we can to HIDE the homeless; and on the third side, you have the people who think that the homeless should just go somewhere else.

I’m absolutely certain that there must be a middle ground that would present an amicable remedy to all sides. But, until we stop acting like kindergartners arguing over toys in the playground sandbox, we aren’t going to accomplish anything. And, all the while, the numbers of persons who will suffer the devastating effects of homelessness will continue to grow and escalate at an alarming rate.

There is a gentleman who I’ve just met within the last two or three months. One of the phrases he uses quite often is: "critical mass."

That phrase is actually a good description of what will occur with homelessness unless we stop our petty bickering and start doing something to effectively transition back into society those homeless who genuinely want to have a better life.

If we reach the point where the numbers of homeless are at a critical mass – and who knows how close we are to that point – we could find ourselves facing a social situation that cannot be remedied.

Just like we re-set our clocks twice a year so that we get the most daylight with which to see with, perhaps we should also re-set or moral and social "clocks" so that we can have enough light to see just how much we’re NOT doing to help those who want it.

It’s foolish to waste the light of day and not accomplish anything.


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