I look around me in despair at the number of powered devices I seem to have. Each is made of slave made factory parts, each needs maintenance, and replacement parts. Some need regular servicing to keep them in good working order. Some need a qualified certified technician to fix and maintain them. All need some sort of fuel to power them. They all come with instructions on how to install and use them. They all need somewhere to go, to be docked or installed or fitted or parked.
Engines, phones, computers, electric lights, gas cooker, domestic batteries, shower, hot water, water pumps, boiler, solar panel etc etc. Not to mention all the complicated circuitry around my home of cold water pipes, hot water pipes, electric wiring, gas pipe, radiator pipes. And the nasty harmful fuels of gas, diesel, electricity. Powered devices give off harmful smells, bad noises, and unharmonious frequencies, all creating bad atmosphere. I have given up radio, Tv, music players, wifi, fridges and washing machines, but I still have lots of devices. And when they have broken beyond repair they get dumped, piled up high in landfill sites.
I am fed up with them all. They are all overly complicated. They consume me and they consume my time and energy. Which is odd, because until very recently, I thought I was the consumer, consuming the devices.
If I am not spending my time and energy sorting them out, finding somewhere to put them, building some cupboard for them, fixing them when they go wrong, etc etc, then I am using my time and energy to go to work to get money to pay for the cost of them, the cost of buying them, the cost of maintaining them, fixing them, paying technicians, and the spare factory made parts, and the cost of the fuel for them, not to mention the VAT tax to the government. It seems to add up to quite a lot, even without considering the cost to the Earth.
It’s all the reverse of what we are told. We are told that devices help us and save us, that our devices make our lives simpler, and they do the work for us. But really we are being drained of power by our powered devices. And so is the Earth.
I am addicted to devices, born into a world of devices, yet deep down I know they are not needed. There is so much time and energy and destruction directed towards the wrong things. I hope I will wean myself off them all one day, but it is turning out to be a long slow plod. I want to know what life is like without them.
The only power I really need is to power me. (and maybe some wood to light a fire).
If I wasn’t so busy using my time and energy to power all of my devices then maybe I would be very energetic and powerful myself with loads of spare time on my hands.
From time to time I hear news of technology breakthroughs that will give us all unlimited free energy ! The sort of energy that we all want to power our devices, technical sort of energy. As if that will solve all the world’s problems. Free energy won’t solve the greed and fear we carry within. It will just enable bigger profit margins, and power yet more environmental destruction, and encourage yet more devices. Yet more devices to consume all our energy.
I now live “off-grid” on a boat, which is very different from living in a grid connected house. I still have lots of devices. The power supplies are not piped into my home, instead I have my own little resident mini power stations for everything. And I go out to fetch supplies. With house living, you don’t see the horror of the power stations unless you happen to live next to one, you just get a monthly bill. On my boat, I can witness the ridiculous over complexity of all the devices, because I can see exactly what is involved in, say, having a hot shower.
And I ask myself, all that complexity, all that effort, all that destruction, just so I can have hot water sprayed over my head. It’s really not worth it, there has to be a better way to wash. (We could all bathe in the natural Hot Springs of Bath if they hadn’t built a city over the top to plug it up). Showers are being pushed as an environmentally friendly green thing to do, but it is just yet another powered device to drain away our power and destroy the Earth.
How many more of these powered devices will we have before we decide we have enough ?
In Solar Saviour, I wrote about about how solar panels can use Earth to power the Sun, the reverse of what it says on the label… and it seems that all devices are operating in reverse of what we are led to believe. The powered devices are taking away our natural power, and that of the Earth, making us tired and weak.
It seems to me that the only true green path is NO powered devices. All powered devices are damaging to us and the Earth. By my reckoning the Sun is a powered device too.
(See earlier related posts: The Saviour Within, Solar Saviour, Moon Eye Money, Pleading Guilty, In the Comfort Of Your Own Home, Comfortable Prisons, Gas Time Bomb, Washing Machine, Is It Worth It?, It’s What We Do, White Goods, Hot Springs Go Cold, Stories of The Borehole, Monthly Contract, George Engineering)