The shape of time is uncapturable directly through human eyes, hence invisible. However, people have created various measurements in history, trying to identify the trace of time given its perceptibility. The alternation of day and night inspired human ancestors to invent the timer. With such a visible and convenient measurement, time, once regarded as abstract, has gradually become a normalized commonsense, sweeping over the dial fashion. Daylight Saving Time (DST), as a practice of human adjustment following the periodic change of daylight, exhibits the flexibility of the negotiation between human activities and natural dynamics. This essay takes Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception as the primary coordinate to explore the phenomenological meaning behind DST as a human attempt rather than to explain the history, necessity, and effectiveness of DST as an action. This exploratory analysis concentrates on the active human behaviors on dealing with the relations between objectivity and subjectivity, as well as internality and externality in terms of the dimensions of time and space.
Keyword: sensation, inhabitation, time and space, time traveling