What would you do if the power went out for good?

Throughout our class discussions the ultimate conclusion I have drawn is that we, as a whole are too comfortable with technology. I have constantly been at odds with the power of technology throughout our class debates.

Obviously I have joined into the world of technology with adopting a phone and I lug a laptop wherever I go.  However it is getting so popular that people feel naked without it.

I enjoy an occasional camping trip, free from distraction and the pressure life brings every so often. Many, however, lose the point of camping or do not embrace it since technology has interrupted the world.

Yes, technology has done wonders for communication, medicine, organization and much much more.  It is miraculous at how smoothly and well connected the world is after technology rushed through.

But, having machines take the roles of humans and leave hundreds without jobs? Having a calculator do the math problems for you? Looking up the answers on all those practice tests? Having a meal interrupted because a family member is texting at the dinner table? Even having a glow appear in a movie theater? …Where is the line drawn? What are we actually learning?

I stumbled across this video which really shows a divide between the pros and cons of technology.

Technology’s Impact on our World

This class has enabled me to see the power and strength that technology allows us in instances I never realized because we are so used to it.  You tend to forget that technology helps save more lives than ever before.  I am so used to seeing it in my everyday life that i take it for granted.  It’s nice to take a step back and see the improvements technology has delivered to this world.  I just hope that people would be content without It at times.

I have argued with my 35 year old cousin countless times because she has to send out electronic invites to gatherings ,due to the up-to-date lifestyle she has chosen to embrace.  She doesn’t realize however that our 90 year old grandmother is not as familiar, nor does she have as much access to the technology that teenagers and adults use on a daily basis.

All that I wish for, is that technology will not replace the actions we are blessed with.  Technology should be used as an aid but it should never be used to replace. It is OK to be without Facebook or your cellphone for more than one day.  Most people feel like they would die without it.  I feel like the comfort we have over its presence is doing more harm than good.

I don’t think the world would be able to function if the power went out for good.  We are getting too comfortable with this lifestyle.  It is important to find a balance so that people will be able to function and know what to do if power just left the world.

It is good to embrace technology but it is also good to take on the tips from past inhabitants in your history textbooks.  The stars can guide you if you get lost, not just your GPS, food can be cooked without an oven,

How do you think the world would react to a powerless life style?  Don’t you think balance is needed?
Life should not run on the comfort of technology.

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  1. There is actually a television show that came out in the past few years that is based off of this idea. The show is called Revolution, and it looks at a society that loses all forms of electricity. Most of the show takes place about 15 years after the blackout with some flashbacks. While a lot of the show is pretty scientifically unrealistic, I feel like it accurately portrays what would happen to society if we lost all power. One thing that is apparent is the lack of communication and safety, and the disjointedness of all the cities. The U.S. breaks up into separate countries and is constantly at war. I actually just found out yesterday that it was cancelled but it is still a pretty good show!

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