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What would you do if there was no electricity?
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I would draw.
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i would probably re-read all of my manga then study my Japanese books
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Read a book, water the plants in my yard, exercise, start up the barbie out on the deck.
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play board games
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Adapt. Humans always do. It wouldn't be pretty and it would pretty savage at first.
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JayVeeDees wrote:
I think it would be hard for anyone in this generation to adapt to it.. Especially how the whole trading business is, the wares would be all spilled when they got the destination (f.x countries to other countries)


It would only be hard for people who dont know what its like to go without. All the people who live in severe poverty would deal with it just fine.
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Find my PSP with light and play Hatsune Miku project Diva or Amnesia!
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Finish the book Maths for Dummies.
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It'd be just like camping, which I do & like anyway....or like after a hurricane (no electricity...we get those here every now & then) ....no skin off my back. It'd be more work, but with no internet or TV, I'd have sooo much time on my hands.....and so would everybody else. I'm from hardy stock, part of the 2nd generation (family from remote part of foreign country) who lives with electricity. My mom taught me the old ways, so we'd just be going back to square 1 again. I taught & told my kids how to live like that too...... passing on the know-how.

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JayVeeDees wrote:
I think it would be hard for anyone in this generation to adapt to it.. Especially how the whole trading business is, the wares would be all spoiled when they got the destination (f.x countries to other countries)


There are other ways of preserving food for long periods, like salting, pickling (my favorite), dehydrating/drying & canning. We'd just not have that much fresh stuff, but it would work and we'd still be well fed. They didn't always have refrigeration you know.
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I've been through storms. I've had it happen. I was without power for over a week a couple years ago near Seattle. It sucks in the winter if you don't have wood or boiler heat (good blankets are good to have). Otherwise, it isn't too difficult. All of human history was written without electricity up until about 100 years ago. Most of our old systems (such as the post office) are still in place. It would only take a few weeks to a couple of months to get things back in order -- mostly.

For a permanent loss of electricity, shipping and finance would be disrupted because it relies heavily on electronic information. Your bank accounts would all be gone, but so would any bad credit history. Shipments handled automatically online would be delayed or forgotten, but the biggest problem would be food shipments. I'd like to think that the warehouses know their regular customers well enough to distribute food to the shops in an emergency. Personal checks would make a huge comeback.

Just as a side note, having your home prepared for such an event (in the real world) is important. I'm not talking about paranoid stockpiling, but have at least a day or two's worth of bottled water and some ramen or caned goods to last at least that long. I keep flashlights strategically placed where I know to find them throughout the house -- one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom near the toilet (ever have a power outage while dropping a duce in a bathroom with no windows? it ISN'T FUN) one on the nightstand in the bedroom. I have some candles and matches in a tool drawer (which are super cheap if you buy a multi-pack of unscented basic candles). I even have an oil lamp in a box somewhere in the attic if the power outage lasted more than a day.

I also keep and recommend keeping a pair of slip-on shoes and some sweat pants, coveralls, or other quickly changeable clothes under the bed in case you have to get out of the house in a hurry such as in a fire.
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Nothing. Since without electricity the body can't function and we'd all be dead.
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We get Power cut's all the time were i live!
I think I would go outside !!! YES! OUTSIDE! And discover other things to do without electricity
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PhyongHwa wrote:


JayVeeDees wrote:
I think it would be hard for anyone in this generation to adapt to it.. Especially how the whole trading business is, the wares would be all spoiled when they got the destination (f.x countries to other countries)


There are other ways of preserving food for long periods, like salting, pickling (my favorite), dehydrating/drying & canning. We'd just not have that much fresh stuff, but it would work and we'd still be well fed. They didn't always have refrigeration you know.


Exactly! There are still many places where people don't use refrigeration too. Shocking, I know!
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Given the OP's scenario, I believe most people would be spending their time defending themselves and their possessions from their neighbors.

The most likely way a country would lose its power grid is through an organized terrorist attack. In 2008 Congress reported that a couple small nuclear devices exploded in the right places would create a large enough Electro Magnetic Pulse which would shut down 70 percent or more of the U.S. power system, and fixing it would take quite a while.
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