We take so much for granted. Stocked shelves in grocery stores, full pumps at the gas station, electricity (lights, heat, air conditioning, television), running water (to quench thirst, to shower in, to wash dishes).
This morning I tried to brush my teeth and found just a trickle of H2O coming through the faucet. When I lived in Putnam we had well water so, if the electricity didn’t shut down, at least we had working toilets and drinking water.
Looking into the fridge and pantry I discovered that not only didn’t I have one bottle of water, but was also completely out of seltzer. Putting a call into management, I discovered a water main had broken and the officials were trying to find where it was.
As I write this at 5 p.m., service has not yet been restored. At least I wasn’t trying to use my washing machine when the water shut down, that’s something positive anyway. Also, I had no plans to be anywhere, nor was I expecting company, so my unwashed face would upset no one but myself.
It really made me think about how a great deal of our lives are dependent not on ourselves, but rather those who supply us with life’s necessities. Turn a faucet and out comes water; switch on a lamp and instant light; need some milk, run down to the closest store and pick it up ...maybe. It all depends on the infrastructure, the engineers, the plumbers, the electricians, the farmers, the delivery people, even the cows when it comes to milk!
It’s interesting how we become so routined: wake up, brush your teeth, wash your face, shower, fix coffee...all dependent on clear running water. In another era we would have gone to the well, pumped what we needed to wash and cook, and start our day. It was harder then, but much less complicated. In 2018, we are suddenly stymied and paralyzed by a broken water main that needs first to be located and then, hopefully, repaired.
I sympathize with people planning parties, weddings, special occasions that can be snafued by the failure of electricity or water, all the things we take for granted and depend upon to conduct life. It’s clear that we can no longer live without these advancements. They are totally inured in our daily lives and we are accustomed to having everything we need at our fingertips.
The more conveniences we have, the more dependent we become. Perhaps once everything is computerized, robotocized, miniaturized, and dehumanized, it may work better. What do you think?
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