Imagine the simplicity of a world where every day of every month falls on the same weekday every year in perpetuity. Imagine the simplicity of a world where everyone is on the same time clock.
Steve H. Hanke and Richard Conn Henry have come up with just such a plan.
With regard to the need for regular time adjustments in the calendar that currently necessitate the need for an extra day in February every 4 years -- the "leap" year? Well, Hanke and Henry account for that as well, adding an extra week to December every 5 or 6 years.
They conclude their article thusly:
Our proposed temporal and calendrical changes would eliminate the sources of an untold number of errors and generate immense benefits. Conference calls would be unambiguously scheduled. At present, a conference call is, say, scheduled for 3 PM Central Daylight Time, and conferees across the U.S. have to figure out when to pick up the phone. All that would be history — no more time zones, no more daylight savings time. One time throughout the world, one date throughout the world. Refill dates for prescription drugs would be the same day of the month, every month, every year. Business meetings, sports schedules and school calendars would be identical every year. Today's cacophony of time zones, daylight savings times, and calendar fluctuations, yearafter- year would be over. The economy — that's all of us — would receive a permanent "harmonization dividend."Ingenious, if you ask me. I can't see a downside to this other than the temporary confusion that might occur initially in making the shift; but we humans are very adaptable creatures and I'd bet we'd be just fine after a few months or so.
I'm 100% on board!
[H/T: Andrew Sullivan]