The Time Machine

Have you ever wanted to jump into a time machine and go back in time, thinking that they were the “Good Old Days?”

At this time in the world you can flip a switch to be in the 21st Century, in the year 2011, and able to do pretty much anything or everything we wish to do twenty-four (24) hours a day.

If we:
·      Hunger: a trip to the refrigerator or the local market can usually provide
·      Wish to cook what we acquired: a microwave can zap it in minutes
·      Wish to be entertained: a television or DVD awaits
·      Wish to be cooled: an Air Conditioner is usually able to provide
·      Wish to be warm in bed: an electric blanket can usually provide, taking the place of bulky Down mattresses and blankets

That aside let the power fail “World Wide” for whatever reason, and it is a vastly different story because suddenly you’re plunged into the year 1847 and life has just become much more difficult.

Most folks would not survive for very long because they don’t have the common skills that even a child in 1847 would have learned by age 4.

As a consequence of our “modern” lifestyle:
·      Most dwellings would become uninhabitable
·      Most have no alternate source of readily available light
·      Most have no alternate source of readily available heat
·      Most people have no alternate way readily available to cook their food
·      Most people have no alternate way readily available to preserve the food they have on hand
·      Most people have no alternate way readily available to acquire potable water

164 years ago Thomas Edison stopped being a gleam in his fathers’ eyes, entered the world, and eventually introduced AC current to the world. It is now a critical component of our “Modern” civilization.

Without electricity:
·      We revert to the “Good Old Days” instantaneously.
·      If electrical service is not restored within a few days, civilization begins to unravel.

If allowed to continue, civilization:
·      Shall descend into barbarism where,
·      Most of those now living shall die, and
·      Civilization as we know it shall end.

 “Good Old Days?”



Zaffen Zaffen
66-70, M
3 Responses Feb 23, 2011

I don't know, you don't smell that way to me. Horny yes, spoiled NO!

I agree with you, without electricity my world is up side down and I don't like it. Am I spoiled?

New Orleans immediately after 'Katrina' is a microcosm, and I could cite others that have occurred around the world, where there were good people adapting but also gangs killing, looting, raping, hoarding, and etc. <br />
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If the rest of the US had been effected to that degree at the same time, my scenario would have been fulfilled. <br />
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I made the mistake of buying an 'Electrical Lift Chair/Recliner' one time. It was great...until the power went out...when I was reclined, and before I purchased a '7kw Guardian Generator.' I had HELL getting out of that chair until I got someone to hook the chair up my computer UPS and used the power from it to return to the upright position.<br />
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Our power tends to go out a lot and can stay out anywhere from a few hours to a week, depending on the severity of the weather or whatever.<br />
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That is one experience that has happened to me and my mind took it to the next level which is the basis for the thought.