it’s the same amount of daylight either way… so what precisely are we “saving”?

I admit it; I truly enjoyed leaving work today to see the sun still significantly above the horizon. It made me happy. But I still find really stupid and icky the concept and mechanics of Daylight Saving Time. If we really think that this is the schedule on which we should operate from April to October, then why don’t we all just agree to get up an hour earlier? Why must we create some sort of psychological quasi-philosophical mumbo-jumbo about “the time changing”? Time hasn’t changed. I know people who actually think that some astronomical phenomenon or chronometric requirement–like leap seconds and leap years–occurs every spring and fall that causes us to have to reset our clocks.

Nah, we just have to fool ourselves. At least that’s one thing for which our species seems to have a real knack.