posted on Nov, 7 2008 @ 05:05 PM
Damn, Zaimless..what a brilliant thread! I'm sure you will get loads of ideas and replies, but I thought I would chip in a little just to keep it
going cos I think about his kind of stuff all the time...
We live out in the middle of nowhere, and have power cuts almost every winter, and the lack of electricity really makes you take a step back and
realise you vulnerable we all are. And that's just with the grid gone....imagine EVERYTHING electrical just not working any more...like cars that
rely on electronic ignition...fuel pumps that need electronics to get them started....
Suddenly no heat, no hot water, no fridge....actually no cooker....and no transport anywhere unless you have a horse. I've thought about this for
real...should l get a horse? Really...I'm serious. At least we are in a better situation than most with open fires, and a huge garden to grow stuff
in, but most people would really struggle. I'm having a hard time imagining what the effects would be on society...
I guess most people would prioritise very quickly and fairly effectively. Food would be rationed and shared...hopefully...and I'm guessing that if
there was work to be done repairing infrastructure like powerlines, that there would be a huge workforce waiting to get started...maybe in exchange
for food. Perhaps for a while people wouldn't be so bothered about cash, as there would be nowhere to spend it.
I can only hope that the government has contingency plans for something like this in terms of emergency food supplies, as almost everyone will be
totally caught out. the two big issues would be law enforcement, or lack of it, and food. Of course, it would depend on what time of year this might
happen...here in the far north, winters can be really harsh, and a disaster like this at this time of year would be much worse than if it happened in
April, at the start of the growing season.
As brutal as it might be, I think..I hope...that something like this would really strengthen our sense of community and our reliance on each
other...we all have skills that we can trade, even if it's just mowing the lawn, or babysitting. We would get to know our neighbours better, for
sure. I don't like to think about the negative possibilities, but I'm sure there would be plenty...maybe I should buy a shotgun to go with the
horse...I've though about that too!
Great thread....a star and a flag for you...I wish I could come up with more ideas for you...