Electricity: A Story of Dependency

Being without power for fourteen days can do strange things to a person.  That is, a person who has never lived life without the luxury of power.  I think it is safe to say that there is no American left on Earth who can remember a life without electricity, plumbing, and access to an outlet in the wall to illuminate, heat, cool, or listen to things on an electrified level.  There might be an American or two left, who can remember not having electricity or plumbing at home, but surely they had a chance to go into town and enjoy its convenience at the barber or a restaurant.  My point being, American’s have really grown a dependence on electricity, and the C.E.O.s and suits responsible for product placement have really capitalized on this dependency by creating items “necessary to sustain life” that run on electricity; be it lights for the house, ovens and stovetops to cook, water pumps to fill your tubs or sinks, and most importantly thermostats to insure you don’t die of cold induced pneumonia or sizzle to death from heat stroke – all these things run on electricity   THE POWER!!!!

It makes a guy like me wonder, with great admiration, how people got along before Benny Franklin’s electric current theories changed life forever.  Few houses can run properly without electricity, and because of that, when a terrible hurricane (Sandy) blows through and wipes out power lines, obstructing electrical current to millions of people, it is deemed a disaster.  Sure many people are without homes now, and some even died in the wake of the storm’s damage, but the fact that millions are without power is the worst of it.  Businesses can’t function, roads can’t be used, and homes become burdens, because of the dependency of electricity humans have developed.

Now this is where I tell you, I am one of those humans who has developed a dependency.  Granted I know how to make a damn good fire, but there is no fireplace in my house, I know how to cook on a BBQ grill, but there is no fridge to keep the meat from going bad, and I know how to dress in layers, but I have no water to wash the smell of fire from my clothes.  I have become use to a life that is consistently powered by the convenience of electricity. Now that, because of Sandy, I haven’t had power for 14 days (5 or which I toughed it out for, but when the temperature dropped to 26 degrees I couldn’t take it any more and went to my parents because they were running a generator) it is safe to say I WANT IT BACK!!

I’m tired of driving from place to place because all my belongings are someplace else.  I’m tired of packing bag after bag of clothes to wear and wash.  I’m tired of missing my TV shows.  I’m tired of reading by candle light.  And I’m tired of my convenience being tampered with.

I am grateful for the workers that have come long distances to help with the disaster.  I am grateful for spending extra time with my mom and step dad.  I am grateful for my endurance.  I am grateful for the people who have been proactive in teaching to make fires and cook on the grill.  I am grateful for my beautiful girlfriend’s parents being especially kind to me.  And I am thankful that I am alive.

Many people did not make it through this disaster and I am sorry that their friends and families have to endure such tragedy.  I know many other people did lose their house, not just their power, but their entire house.  Again I am sorry they have to deal with that tragedy.  I can only give my best wishes and let them know they are in my thoughts, I truly am sorry for their losses.

Life will go on, and things will change for the better.  Patience, love, and high hopes are all I can offer as enlightenment to dealing with this disaster.

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2 thoughts on “Electricity: A Story of Dependency

  1. Some people fear spiders, some fear heights, but my biggest fear has always been interdependence. This latest disaster brings that to attention. Man has made incredible advances in technology that arguably have made the world a more pleasant and rich place to live. The convenience of modern life, however, comes as a double edged sword. Though it may seam we are smarter and more advanced than our seemingly primitive ancestors, it can be argued that we are thinning the ice we skate on when it comes to our ability to survive.

    Mother nature is much stronger than us, and we need to respect the home she so graciously shares with us humans.

    Life is a fragile thing. We need to be aware that all the conveniences we take for granted can so easily be rendered useless.

    In conclusion: learn to hunt, fish, scavenge, dwell, and keep warm without the power. Your precious power grid will one day be a inoperable pile of copper, rubber, and steel.

  2. I agree. You speak strong words of truth. In reality if it were a disaster that would force me to hunt, fish, scavenge, dwell and keep warm without power, I believe I could make it. I was raised on camping trips, canoe trips and expeditions into some desolate landscapes of Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. Thankfully, though, the reality is it didn’t go to that extreme.

    Thanks for reading!!

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