The power goes out and my life’s normal activities stop. Yet there are approximately 2 billion people around the world for whom this isn’t even a concern, because they never had any power to begin with.  

Two days ago there was no power at our office. Yesterday there was no power at our workshop. Today there is no power at our office. Mayhem and panic ensues. We can’t connect to the internet. We can’t power our computers. We can’t use our machinery and build our prototypes. We are at a loss for what to do and how to get things accomplished.

I, along with many people from Western societies, am completely dependent on electricity. While studying in Sweden, the power went out one night due to a snow storm. All normal activities were no longer possible, so we began a 300+ person snowball war outside instead. Here, if life stopped every time the power went out, then life would never move forward.

Contrary to popular belief, electricity is not essential to our lives. Restaurants are still open; schools are still in session; people still go to work. You can’t surf the internet, but you can read a book. You can’t play video games, but you can play sports. You can’t use a microwave, but you can start a fire. I often find it sad that we have become so dependent on many forms of technology. We say that we can’t live without it, yet we did many years ago. Sometimes I want to revert back to that, because in many ways it’s a more pure form of living. Without the burden of modern technology, you learn to survive off the land and you can really focus on living in the here and now.

Tomorrow I take off for a weekend in the Bale Mountains in the south. If the power is not out, I’m leaving.

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