It doesn't take much - a storm, a change of political parties in power, or a financial crisis - for news feeds to be filled with articles warning people to take action in anticipation of dystopian conditions. Today's article in the UK Independent reminded me that fact.
Such articles beg the question: if such items and guidance are good to have in anticipation of the coming storm/crisis/revolution/zombie invasion, then shouldn't we already have them in our homes? In the article linked above, a former adviser to U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown suggests people have food, water, cash and a plan to get family members home in the event transportation and communication systems break down. Don't get me wrong; I think this is very sound advice. But why is it that we see media stories like this only when things seem perilous?
The answer, of course, is because we are accustomed to our lights, ATMs, water, internet, and grocery stores to work flawlessly and with ample supply all the time. Such features and utilities have become more reliable over time, and so we naturally become conditioned to expecting them to work.
But those niceties don't work from time to time. And because we can run to an ATM or grocery store anytime and pick up some cash or a gallon of milk on a very reliable basis, we never contemplate that we might not be able to at some point. And as a result, when we cannot, the problems caused by such outages are amplified....because no one has made any provisions for that contingency.
So to sum up:
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