Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Electricity

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Returning to a more simple idea, today’s wonder I want to explore is Electricity.

This is one of those wonders we frequently take for granted.  Why?  Because it is so very common place to the first world that we just expect it to be.

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Whatever generates our power – from coal-fired plants to solar to wind to geothermal to nuclear – electricity drives our world.

Reading this?  Well that is thanks to electricity.  Without it, we’d not have the internet.  No electricity, no servers, no computers, no smartphones, tablets, and so on and so forth.

You walk into a room, flip a switch – and there is light.  You get into your car, turn the key, and everything lights up and the radio works and your Bluetooth connects.

When we see incredible photographs from space of our world at night, the lights show us where our cities are.  Electricity provides us with the beacons to find one another along the way.

Electricity allows us to cook our food, heat our homes, view and explore and learn information across the world.  Electricity lets us play pre-recorded musics to keep us entertained, and provide background music when there might only be silence.

We have scattered across our globe yet remain connected via electricity.  We go to extremes to acquire materials to power our cities and homes, we strip the resources of the globe to get natural gas, petroleum, coal, wood, and other such sources of power.

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But we have access now to increasingly less expensive solar batteries to power our lives.  We have instant communications from one side of the world to the other.

Electricity has changed this world in ways I doubt any could have imagined.  It has both brought us closer together, and divided us further.  First world problems are often solved by some means involving electricity that the third world can hardly even conceive.

With wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable resources, electricity can be spread even further, can bring the world closer together, can make even more lives better, simpler, and abundant.

Electricity – an incredible, often taken-for-granted wonder of our wondrous world.

 

 

Me 3-25-13 smallerI am MJ Blehart, electric, eclectic elocutionary author of “Wednesday’s Wondrous World”.  Every week I share a magical wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

Check out my blog, The Ramblings of a Titanium Don, for more of my work.

Also now available, Pathwalking: A 21st Century Philosophy in Book and Kindle form!

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