People speak of “losing” an hour when they move their timepieces forward an hour the second Sunday in March. Losing an hour. As if they ever owned that or an other hour in the first place.
As the decade of the 1940’s was waning, Kurt Gödel was able to prove (in the mathematical sense) that, if Albert Einstein’s universe was correct, time cannot exist. Time, period–not just the hour we “lose” in March or that we “gain” in the Autumn–or any other hour, minute, or second.
Time, like gender or race or morality, is a social construction. Its only meaning is that which we ascribe to it. It is nothing. Yet, like gender and race and morality, it is also everything, as its “realities”–no matter their origins– are very real in their consequences.
So, just for the sake of argument, what would you have done with the hour you “lost” earlier this morning?