Personally Metric: A Manifesto

For most of history humanity has been measuring things. We've found that measuring is a very useful skill to have. So useful, in fact, that many ways to measure have sprung up around the world. This was fine when trade between each measurement system was limited, but in today's world we trade goods and services around the world. The need for a single measurement system is abundantly clear.

There is no doubt that one measurement system has come to dominate the world: The Metric System.

More than 99% of the world's population is familiar with and uses the metric system, for one purpose or another, on a daily basis. Of the 196 countries in the world, only 3- Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States of America- still use the Imperial System of measurement as their official system. Of those 3 countries only one- The United States of America- has no official metrication plan.

As an American and a citizen of the world, this makes me sad. Our government will not help us join the rest of the world, so I will join the rest of the world without them. There are some concrete actions I have already taken:

  • Switch the units in my OS to metric
  • Change the units in my car to metric
  • Change my phone to metric
  • Purchase rulers, tape measures, and other tools that have metric markings

I have spent most of the last decade trying to shun imperial units. I hope through this tribe I inspire others to do the same.

6 years ago by skully with 1 comments

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  • Guilhem

    As a French I wish you good luck in this endeavor.

    Join us !