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What IF #5:
What if we lost electricity forever?
This is one of the first "What if" questions I thought up for this project. I had no idea when I was going to post it, but the events of this past weekend had this question haunting me day and night. As Hurricane Irene journeyed up through the Caribbean, East Coast of the United States and even Canada, the power outages were raising all types of emotion on all of the social networks. I, too, worried about the possibility of power failure.
And now the numbers are pouring in 3 hours without power, 8 hours without power, over 24 hours without power and some inching past 48 hours without power. As I hear them all I am reminded of my thoughts when first thinking up this question: What if I lost electricity and it never came back? What if I wasn't the only one? What if electricity just, somehow, died? Which lead to the really meaty questions:
- How much of my day to day would be affected?
- Would I be able to function without electricity?
- How steep is my learning curve for life off the grid?
- What little joys would my life be missing, and which would I come to realize?
- How would this change our social lives, working lives and family lives?
For a list of all of the What if questions asked so far,