Imagine one fine day electrcity goes off forever!!!

India
November 5, 2008 8:13am CST
Electricity..one of the best invention which revoluionised the way we live with the ever growing comfort day by day.... Although its just two centuries old, there are hundreds of centuries before it where our forefathers lived without it... So now imagine that one fine day when we are all busy with our works with everyone's work/life some way or other dependendt on electricity and suddenly the electric power goes off forever and there is no way to generate electricity from thermal/hydro/solar/oil or any other possible way.There is no way to use your computers/home appliances or anything that runs using electrity.The greatest of the greatest minds on Earth would seriously research to find a new way to generate electricty from any other source...but that too goes in vain.... Comment your thoughts as to how you will lead a electric powerless life for ever in this 21st century when everything is dependent on electric power..
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• Philippines
5 Nov 08
Then the civilization will rewind back to where we used candles and lamps. We can survive this because our very old ancestors survived from it. It will just take extreme adaptation. Where we would be busy on days and sleeping when darkness strikes. We would rely on our handwriting most of the time i business for it is one important tool. We would be relying most of our time in our old pal Abacus when computing. We would maybe generate electricity from batteries but only the rich people could afford it because it is really expensive and too much wasted batteries are produced.
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• India
5 Nov 08
well said!!
@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
5 Nov 08
No way, I cant imagine that. Everything depends on it and if it goes out for a few hours its already a problem, cant even imagine what would happen if it went out for ever
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• India
5 Nov 08
Please imagine and put down your thoughts.. Its very unimaginable I know but what if it really happens and how wouldl you survive?
@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
5 Nov 08
I doubt many people would survive. We dont know how to. We dont know how to make a fire, or I dont know, thinking of this basicly everything is related to electricity. The civilization will go back...yes...but when civilization was on that point people were different, they knew how to live without things, thy knew how to survive...we dont. We are spoiled and I dont belive it can get back to the time when there was no electricity. I think it would be massive panic and many people would die of this, no matter how strange that might seem. We would be complitly lost, helpless. You can say we would get used to that, but the fact is that once you are used to good things it is extremly difficult going back. I think people would go crazy. Of course civilization would survive, no doubt about it.
@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
Yes it will be a wonderful day indeed when electric power as we know it will be turned off forever. We live in a world which is comprised of 100% energy. Its been said," that one glass of water has enough Energy to drive a car completely around the world. Its only a matter of time before hundreds of new and completely free sources of energy will be found, and when that day arrives, Electric Power will be turned off forever and will soon be a forgotten energy source.
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@liquorice (3901)
6 Nov 08
I like your answer!
@insulin (2480)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
Well I experienced only two hours without electricity last month and I am already getting crazy because first of all I am dark,second of all the silent of the dark makes me deaf.Third of all it is very difficult to move if there is no electricity especially our area is tropical so we need electric fan to sleep and the scariest of all,thieves will be happy because they can do everything they want.Well it is indeed difficult to imagine if there is no electricity..For sure I will not survive every night or I cannot sleep well and cannot cook easily because of that situation.There is a possibility that the electricity will goes off for a week or maybe a month if the company is dealing a problem with their engine and that will be a big problem for the community.The world will be so dark and wheeeww.Makes me scared..,,, God bless and have a nice day..:-0
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@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
6 Nov 08
We had a bad storm here not to long ago, and I didn't have power for three days. I freaked out. We had to figure out what to do with our food, because it was defrosting. It went off in the dark, and we don't own a single flash light, so we used my laptop for light until we found our lantern. It was just awful. I can not imagine living without power. I mean the worst part, was the football game was just starting. They kicked the ball... it was in the air, and then zap no power. I was really mad lol. But I personally couldn't live without power, and props to those who can or do.
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@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
hi, sunilkonda! yup, it's really hard to imagine. we could say that right now people depend so much on electricity. offices, hospitals, even transportation! if electric power goes off forever, there would certainly be a lot of casualties including sick people in the hospitals. but everybody else will surely live. there would be great adjustments but a lot of us will go on living. it would be difficult but it won't make man extinct right? there are a lot of places in this world where the people does not even know what electricity is. they live. thanks for the interesting thought. take care!
• United States
6 Nov 08
::shudders at the thought of electricity permanently gone:: That would be humanity's worst nightmare, losing the ability to harness this energy, but we've survived through much worse times with and without electricity. Even without Benjamin Franklin's invention, we've advanced so far in technology that we can find other resources and other ways to power ourselves. I've seen a commercial about a comparison between electricity and propane. We'll find alternative sources. We got the brightest minds to come up with alternative sources of energy. If we lose electricity, we got propane, nuclear reactors, kinetic energy, fire, solar energy, and other resources. We might even go so far as to invent artificial electricity if push comes to shove. Just because of the thought of electricity being gone for good becoming a worst-case scenario doesn't mean that humanity should just throw in the towel and let humanity go two steps back just because we've lost something that makes us comfortable and secure. Besides, we live on the Earth, and we got lightning. We'll find another way to harness this energy. If Benjamin Franklin did it before, we can do it again too. We'll find other alternatives to electricity our lives as a backup plan. All we need is a little creativity, resources, ingenuity, determination and innovation.
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• China
6 Nov 08
There is a will,there is a way
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
6 Nov 08
While it's likely that a whole bunch of people would die due to how much electricity is used for, I know that it wouldn't be the end of all we know. People lived for quite a long time without technology, electricity. It'd be possible to do it again. People'd probably have a very hard time...but some people are halfway thee already and could help the rest find their way to a good life.
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• United States
5 Nov 08
I would be a goner. hahah I would need others to save me :-)
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@cheongyc (5072)
• Malaysia
5 Nov 08
This is extremely horrible and is also a nightmare to the man kind. Although it seems unlikely to happen, but it's really miserable if it comes true. Although our ancestors have been living thousands of years without it, but the modern world are too independent on it. From computer to automobiles, from cell phone to escalators, all these electronics and electrical dependent device will not work at all. Therefore, we will look for alternatives to move on with our lives. We will be back to fundamentals and engage ourselves in 'unplugged' activities, such as outdoor exercise, reading books, playing chess and etc. Computer and internet will disappear overnight, without electricity.
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
10 Nov 08
I'm not sure anyone in our culture could survive not having power. We use it for much more than just running the TV and computers. We need power to keep our food cold, to cook the food, and to heat our homes. Sure we could use candles for lighting, fireplace or wood stove for heating and cooking if you have one (which we don't), gas grills for cooking as well, kerosene heaters for warmth, but it wouldn't be much help. Everyone would always have to be in the same room in order to stay warm. I wouldn't be comfortable lighting a fire or using a kerosene heater in a child's bedroom or even around sleeping children. Electricity is definitly a necessity. TV and computer may not be, but heating, cooking, and refridgeration for our food is definitly a must!
@JUNGLE (1157)
• South Africa
6 Nov 08
I have lived for the first 4 years of my life without electricity.I have also lived without it for a while during my adulthood.I most certainly will survive without electricity.I can make fire with wet wood.I can do without computer and t.v.But I would'nt like it.
• India
6 Nov 08
some how we can manage without electricity power,,,coz we can go for solar power
@liquorice (3901)
6 Nov 08
I think that the human race would cope. Like you say, we had done for many many years before its invention. That's not to say that it would be easy. The adaptations we would have to make would undoubtedly be very hard and there would be some terrible consequences; like another myLotter said, people who rely on electric-powered machines to live wouldn't survive, and this would also apply of course to new babies who need help from machines in their first days or weeks of life. Many advances in the medical world would be lost and that would be a terrible thing. Communications would also be a lot slower. Unless somebody comes up with a non-electrical solution we'd have to rely on our snail-mail postal systems, rather than using phones or the internet! There would be countless other changes to make as we rely on electricity to do and to produce so many things. But I say that we would cope on the whole, because: 1. We would have to. Our survival instincts would kick in, and in difficult times people band together and we also become resourceful. 2. For many things that are electrically powered, there is a way of doing them that doesn't require electricity. It might take a lot of work, but people have managed before. 3. Your scenario says that there would be no way to generate electricity in other ways, but in reality perhaps scientists would be inspired to make renewable energy sources work? I've always suspected that our lives are over-complicated by all the gadgets that we have, and we are spoilt by the ease in which we can do everything from travelling across the world to boiling some water. I sometimes think that the quality of lives might be improved if we led more simple lives. It would make us appreciate more the things that matter, like people and nature. And if the world's electricity was turned off I'm sure that the planet would be very grateful, and it might last a bit longer, which would be a huge benefit.