Technology is everywhere around us, and without it, life as we know it would cease to exist. Since the dawn of time, human kind has strived to better themselves and best use the natural resources around them, and in order to fully optimize the resources nature gives us, we need technology.
The progress in technology can be anything, from inventing a lever to lift heavy objects to sending satellites to the outer space. Anything that is invented and benefits the human kind even in the slightest can be called progress in technology.
We’ve come far in said progress, and life today is easier than ever. The reason why is discovery of electricity. If electricity suddenly stopped working, we’d be sent back into the dark ages. We rely so much upon it that our daily lives can’t even be imagined if there weren’t electricity. In order to closely describe how technology dependent we currently are, we will go over what would happen if electricity suddenly faded away for indefinite period of time.
Well, first of all, all the lights would go out, the active period of time would be primarily focused on day time, none of your home devices would work, including your fridge. But even more importantly, the running water you take for granted would stop coming out of your faucets. In the first few days your food would spoil and you wouldn’t have anything to eat, the markets would store some of the food that doesn’t go bad quick, but it would be picked clean in a matter of days, and what then? Vast majority of urban population would migrate to rural, but without electricity, none of the machines used for farming would work.
Factories that produce food would stop working as well and we would be only reliant upon ourselves, basically hunting and farming like people did in the middle ages. We wouldn’t be able to support such high amount of people and more than half would probably die due to starvation. Not to mention that every kind of transportation relies upon electricity as well, so if you’re far away from any rural area, or a forest, there is little to no chance that you would actually reach it.
To make matters even worse, there is an actual danger of this happening. All electricity dependant devices could be wiped out with an electro-magnetic pulse. An expert in the United States said that the government is not prepared in the slightest for this kind of threat, and if it happened, 90% of the population would die off within the first two years.
Technology is a double edged sword, and it shouldn’t be taken for granted. A lot of people view it as something that’s normal, but they keep forgetting that it’s not natural and manmade. Cherish what you have and be grateful for the kind of life you lead today. People who lived only 150 years ago had nothing that even comes close to what you have now, and the only difference is electricity.
In conclusion, celebrate technology, but be aware of the dangers it presents too.