Every other large mammal in a seasonal climate has made the adaption for the months adjacent to their winter solstice—so why don’t we? Living deciduously and sleeping can solve so many of our personal and civilization problems.
Seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression, makes people feel depressed and less alive; and ultimately, we are less alive. The cure is in the symptom—feeling tired. Maybe instead of thinking that sleep feeds in to the depression and that we need to fight it off, tiredness should be thought of as a natural annual response. Maybe our dreams are where we find the warm sunlight, I know mine are.
Instead of daylight’s saving—a lame commentary on the inability for people to structure their local lives in even the most basic sense—so that we can be pointlessly toiling inside while its sunny and healthy outside, we should have our schedules revolve around getting the most sunlight we can. It might be said that our economy doesn’t work that way, but isn’t it obvious that our economy isn’t working for us now anyways? The economy doesn’t need “jump starting,” rather it needs time to cool down so that it is in sync with the planets resources and energy abilities. Sleeping takes a low number of calories, which would mean we could do a lot better with a lower amount of calories available that seasonally grow. Instead of wasting energy freezing and preserving loads of food for the winter season, we could just eat less and sleep more.
Anyways, food for thought, not for wasting energy.