Apparently, in Denmark, the ‘larks’ (early-risers) are called ‘A-people’ while ‘owls’ (late-risers) are ‘B-people’. We all know how important language is for eliciting frames, so it must feel doubly insulting for the Danish night owls.
Today, in the age of the internets, telecommuting and fast-increasing knowledge about our rhythms and sleep, retaining the feudal/early capitalism work schedules really does not make sense.
And owls are by no means minority. Among kids and adults, they comprise about 25% of the population (another 25% are larks and the rest are in between). But among the adolescents (roughly 14-30 years old), owls are the most prevalent chronotype.
So, the Danes decided to organize, to eliminate being frowned upon and deemed “lazy“, and to change their society.
Why do we still get up at cockcrow and when the cows moo,
when only 5% of the population work within agriculture or fishing?
Why does everything have to take place in the same rhythm and pace,
resulting in a huge problem with our infrastructure?
Why has the societal framework primarily been arranged to suit
people working from 8 am to 4 pm?
Let the tyranny of A-time end. Let us create a B-society.
Let us create B-patterns in our work and in our families.
Let us have quiet mornings and active evenings.
Life is too short for traffic jams. Let us have more all-night shops!
Hat-tip: NBM, frequent commenter on this blog.