Some days, it seems like everything I own has a cable or a cord, and generally also a battery. I just spent five minutes cleaning up the cords strewn around the living room. I won’t say the room looks any less cluttered afterwards, but the important thing is that I got it done, and when I need to use those cords again I will be able to spend the time to uncoil and unstow them so that I may use them. It’s important to have busy-work in one’s life – especially at home.
Computers were supposed to save us all time. A good friend said that to me, about five years into the Internet Age. She was a techie at that point, but there was something about her that always reeked of the Stone Age. I don’t think anybody who has used a computer actually feels like they have saved time. Yes, we do things quicker. But there are more things to be done. Yes, it is possible to not do all those extra things. Good luck with that.
And then there are the batteries. When was the last time you had to remember to plug-in your car or your television or your stove? Batteries suck. And it sucks that so many of the things we use every day are dependent on them. Sometimes I wish we could all just go back to the time when we just had cars and stuff like that. Sure, we had batteries then, too – like for flashlights and for small “electronic” games or robotic stuffed animals. But the batteries didn’t need much thought. You’d buy a bunch and use them when you needed them. Or if your batteries were dead you would pick-up another toy or stumble around in the dark. Dark spots in life were common, and that was okay.
In today’s world, if your battery is dead then your friend is likely to worry about you. That’s what it’s like meeting someone for dinner nowadays.