Can the US please just get with the program and switch to the metric system already? I know people have a mental breakdown at the thought of converting to kilometers and kilograms and Celsius, but for a nation that is notoriously awful at math, you think we’d embrace the simplicity. Or maybe switching to a system based on 10 won’t make a difference after all.
Let’s just a pick a date and go for it. All at once. No dual signage and weather reports. Just pick a date and BAM, metric system. Just like Sweden did when switching to driving on the right. Immersion is the best way to get a grasp on something new. I lived overseas for six years and in each new country I went to, yes for a few weeks I was converting rupees or roubles or pesos or won to dollars in my head to understand how much I was paying for something, but literally a few weeks is all it took before I began to understand the value of items in the local currency. The same with the weather report and distances and weights and shoe sizes, etc. In the abstract, it seems scary because our minds are still functioning in Fahrenheit and pounds and yards and all these other bizarre, measurements that are each based on meaningless, independent values. But with immersion, it would really be fine very quickly.
It’s never going to happen. I get that the biggest impediment is probably cost. Think of all the road signs and printed materials that use the imperial system and the enormous expense of switching everything over. But I can still dream.
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