One of the things we’ve learned in this latest, long-lasting blackout, is that the way we live and, in particular, conduct our working lives presupposes the constant availability of electricity. Our communications (telephone, voice mail, e-mail, cell phone), our tools (computer, copier), even checking the regular mail box, all have been significantly silenced during this emergency. One of the things this has brought to mind is the need for backups: how much it is still a good idea to have records on paper, to have a place where things are stored, to have some hard copies, all that.
Because life itself does not depend so much on electricity. That has been another lesson of this blackout. Here we are, living, working, thinking, thinking of ways to keep getting things done, continuing to move forward, drawing on an entirely different kind of power.