We are working’ 5 days in 4’ week because how we live as individuals has consequences for everyone else. The way we live now has created many problems: scarcity of resources, scarcity of jobs, climate change, wealth discrepancies and many wasted lives. These are all escalating problems which are not being addressed by the institutions of power: Governments, Banks, the Multinationals have too many vested interests in the current system to be the agents of change.
In its most basic form, it goes something like this: Start our days earlier, in the cool of the morning and work until the middle of the day; in the hottest part of the day we stop working, shut down, and avoid the sun, with businesses closing up; then in the late afternoon we start back up again. We work with the natural cycle of the day, rather than simply, machine-like, continue on oblivious to the rhythm of it all.
It’s not complicated nor an original idea. This already happens all of the world. Taking a siesta isn’t just about taking a nap an resting up and seeing friends and family, it’s about adjusting to the natural flow of the day in hot climates. Just try to get any business done between 2-4pm in South India in May and you’ll find many if not all stores and businesses closed up, with people simply relaxing in the shade. Come the evening everything comes alive again.
How do you beat the heat? Mat McDermott thinks it’s time we adopt the siesta.
Read the rest: Beat the Heat: Summer Hours, Summer Routines & Siesta