posted on Dec, 17 2010 @ 08:35 PM
The stuff behind the scenes that makes everything work.
That loud mechanical thing behind the locked door that no one has ever seen.
The scary honeycomb of wires in the basement.
That long power line that snakes across the countryside so far that you never find it’s ends. You have seen it crossing that road all your life but
you have no idea where it comes from, or where it goes.
That strange buzzing box in the dark corner that you don’t dare touch.
Stuff that is a complete mystery to most who see it.
Stuff that is rarely cared for.
Stuff that you only find out about when it dies.
Stuff that very few people understand, and even fewer truly comprehend the wonder of it’s very existence and how truly important it is.
It is a unique feeling to be standing under a power line that stretches across the landscape as far as the eye can see. To fully understand that 100
miles away in that direction there is a huge power plant at one end with turbines that would dwarf a house, screaming along day in day out. And 100
miles away at the other end is a city of 50,000 people that the line powers. To feel that hum that goes down to your bones. To inherently know that is
the lifeblood of a city that is flowing by you. The respect that it demands, can not be described. The fifth wonder of the world in any way you want
to describe it. And to know that it is in plain sight of millions that ignore it and take it for granted every day. That simple fact has changed the
way I perceive the world. I do not take it for granted any more. I understand that it is a system that relies on the people keep it running, and
people rely on it.
Most of my life, I have been fixing that hidden stuff in the background of society.
So, as I have grown older, I have started to feel like I resemble more and more the stuff I am working on.
People don’t seem to care about me until something breaks. Then I become the most important person in their life. Until the object in question is
working properly again, then I become just another person to them.
I am one of those people behind the scenes that builds and maintains that stuff behind the scenes
But the people, and equipment in the background hold an inherent power over the population they serve. And that power should be fully understood and
respected. If you don’t comprehend the power in the background then you are at the mercy of what goes on behind the scenes with no way to control
it, or even give it the simple respect it deserves.
A full knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes will give you an ability to anticipate what will happen if something fails and will give you an
idea how to go about preparing for that failure and fixing the failure if it should happen.
And most important of all. It will give you an idea of what other people will be doing behind the scenes to fix the problem. And those people won’t
be standing still. They have invested their lives into those systems. To think they will take anything standing down is a miscalculation that can not
If you put pressure on the system through natural or regulatory methods, then you may get a response you wasn’t expecting. And that response may be
the exact opposite of what you were wanting. The response isn’t decided by the mindless people that produce the stupid regulations. It is decided by
the people that control the system. We will try to work around the obstacles, either natural, or manmade, to keep the system running. Regulations are
not guide post to be followed; they are obstacles to be worked around in any way posible. For the people that write the regulations do not comprehend
the impact of those regulations, and we have grown to expect that incompetence from regulators. That is why we have gotten use to ignoring those
regulations when ever possible. That is what happens when people don’t respect the people, systems and technology behind the scenes.
The stuff, and people behind the scenes does not produce a monotone response to every stimuli, It if an interactive responsive system that responds
differently to every stimuli. The people behind the scenes inherently know how the system will respond, they have worked with it all their life. The
people outside the system do not.
Are you behind the scenes or in front of them. That is the question.
If you are not one of those people behind the scenes, just remember that we will always be there. And make sure to never underestimate us.