posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 07:06 PM
These past two days have been quite out of the ordinary, to put it mildly. Yesterday, the power went out. It affected most of the western side of my
country, including the farmers, whom supports us with all our needs during the season. Around a hundred thousand people went without power. We had to
rely on candles for lighting, and the entertainment for ourselves.
At first, it was boring. Really boring. The loss of the internet and television left us mute. We didn’t have anything to talk about. I, myself,
found this incredibly sad, because I was aware of this fact. But eventually we adapted, and we found a game that got us talking and socializing. It
was rewarding, because I learned things about my progenitors that no written history could tell me. And we found a side of ourselves that was never
shown when all the other distractions were around, e.g. the television, radio and the internet.
The next morning the power was still off, but it eventually came back.. a few hours later. After about 16 hours without power.
That same day, I saw a programme on the television, it featured a family that had become self-reliant farmers. The parents were well educated people,
the father had a degree in philosophy and the mother was an immigrant with a degree in linguistics. They had realized we lived in a society that
worshipped capitalism and consumerism. They wanted to live a lifestyle that made them feel well about themselves, and a lifestyle that didn’t
require them to be reliant on anything else than their crops and animals. The presenter asked ”why?”, ”don’t you want a big comfy sofa and a
big television?”, they told him that the sofa could not ever get too big and the television not too huge. It was a matter of always being discontent
and unhappy. That was what our society revolved around.
I admire this family, because they realise what’s wrong with our society. We have the ability to feed over the billion people that walk around
hungry all the time, but we don’t have the will to converge around this idea. Some of us can either live in overabundance and unhappiness, or we can
all live in content with what we have, and appreciate each other for who we are. The fact that we can all live in content, but don’t have the will
to live within our means, is very tragic. It’s a fine line between the two, but we, as a society, should be able to consolidate our powers to feed
the whole world, because we can. We can all live a happy and content way of life, but we don't. Why is that..