About half an hour or so ago, power in our neighborhood died. We were plunged into darkness. We scrambled around for a little while, grabbing cellphones and flashlights. As I grabbed a white candle, I paused and thought about what life would be like without cheap energy. If life was like this all the time. How I relied so deeply on cheap, abundant energy for school, leisure, and work. What would I do if this all ended?
I do not have answers to that right yet. I will be going for an M.A. in Counseling come next year, if everything goes well. I am not sure how to make it work without electricity at the moment. Perhaps I will have space in an office powered by solar panels. Perhaps things will be okay for a few years in the future, enough for me to get established in a community, practice, or other space.
Many talents that I have lay in areas powered by electricity, such as my photography and graphic design. I am more efficient at typing than handwriting, and I tend to do touch-ups on my drawings digitally. I keep in contact with my friends and family through my cell phone and computer. I pray with my son, who does not live with me, over the phone. I keep in contact with my spiritual community through Facebook, IMs, and of course, WordPress. If electricity were to vanish I would lose a lot of really important connections.
I am grateful for electricity. I have access to countless sources of information because of it. I have access to resources such as permaculture and organic gardening due to electricity. I know so much about my Gods’ myths and legends because of electricity. You can read this because of electricity. I can see responses because of it. The things electricity allows me to do are really blessings, something I will try to remember each day, and not just when the lights go out.