This morning, more than any other morning in recent history I opened my eyes and took a deep breath. My lungs filled with the sweet smelling air that surrounded me in my humble abode which sits on solid ground in the middle or Arizona on the still present continental plate of North America.
I can tell you, I was both a little disappointed and of course a little relieved. I knew that the world wasn’t going to end – that’s just silly business there. I do however believe that things have happened prior to recorded history that may translate to cataclysmic in today’s society.
Take for example the planetary alignment which of course is real. With all the planets aligned, various agencies were studying the effect that has on solar flare activity. We are in a period of increased solar flare activity and so one of the potential outcomes for today that I envisioned was a massive flare event that created an intense radiation burst which in turn is absorbed (mostly) by our atmosphere but the devices outside our atmosphere would be severely impacted if not destroyed.
Imagine a world with no internet? Without the satellite infrastructure that currently exists we would have little to no internet which in turn translates to little to no telecommunications. Money movement and a whole host of other functions would be offline if all the satellites in orbit were to fail. Imagine a world where we had to pay cash for everything for a period of six months to a year and furthermore, imagine a world where you had to go to a bank to get cash and maybe that bank could not validate your balance and maybe you can’t get cash for a period of days or a week.
Again, much like my personal heroes +William Shatner and +Willie Nelson, I’m not a doom and gloom kinda guy. There’s always a solution. What this “event” has caused me to do is to critically evaluate how my life is structured, what I depend upon and what would happen if various services I currently use were not available for various periods of time.
If you’re interested in doing the same exercise, here’s a few things to think about:
1) What would you do if you couldn’t use your cell phone for a year? Do you have any other means of telephonic communication?
a) Remember many people don’t have land lines anymore so using the neighbors phone is likely not an option.
b) If you’re thinking you’ll run down to the corner and use the payphone, go ahead and run down to just about any corner and look for a working payphone to test that option.
2) Assume you couldn’t access any lines of credit and could only work with your cash on hand – what does that look like if you had to do it for a year?
3) I’m a BIG user of “cloud services” but if there were no internet, what do you rely on day to day that exists no where but online?
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