The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V (1500-1558) ruled over more territory than any other European monarch who has ever lived. In his passion for perfection, he fervently sought to have created several clocks that would tick in absolute unison, finally admitting disappointment in his failure to achieve perfection within his twin goals of manipulating man into complete uniformity of faith and time.
In 1918 in our Congress’s wartime quest to reduce the consumption of electricity they established Daylight Savings Time by legislating the switching of America’s timepieces forward by one hour on a Sunday around the start of spring.
Observations dispute any actual energy saved, but assures us that dogs will still sleep that extra hour, but traffic will become snarled an hour earlier each workday morning. Fishermen will still fish by the tide, farmers plow and plant and the rooster crows by the light of the sun. School children may wait in the dark for buses, but Congress still fondly adheres to the failed dreams of Emperor Charles V as it seeks to manipulate man and time.