These Dog Days Are Welcome

Daylight makes you happy. After many weeks of rainy darkness London is warmed slowly and very modestly by daylight as the days in the planet’s Northern Hemisphere become longer. The spring equinox is almost here and lighter morning and evenings seem to cheer people up, contrasting with the warm but gloomy winter that is passing.

These dogs days are welcome.

Three Sundays from now we shall change our clocks and watches (apart from those that are programmed to do it themselves) winding them one hour forward. We will neither gain nor lose any time, but simply order it differently for the convenience of some which inevitably entails the inconvenience of others. Then we shall have more daylight, daylight which makes you happy, because you can see things around you without the distortion of darkness and artificial light.

You will not see things in absolute clarity, but a little more clearly, a little more as they are. The dark corners will be less dark and less menacing. The dirt and smudges on the window panes will be more visible and more noticeable, and some will react to the goodness of light by cleaning, so that when light illuminates it shows a wholesome view.

These dog days are welcome.


One Response

  1. No man survives when freedom fails, The best men rot in filthy jails, And those who cry ‘appease, appease’ Are hanged by those they tried to please.

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