Editorial: The bright side to the blackouts

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

THE way the world is now, it's difficult to do almost anything in our daily lives without electricity.

For the people of today, a lot of things come to a stop whenever power is lost, since electricity plays a big part in our daily activities. Whether it's electricity to operate machines for work or light to see your way through places, power has become a necessity for civilization to move forward with the day, and when it's gone, we all stop.

Amidst the complaints of loss of productivity or lack of things to do without electricity, the fact that we actually do stop may be a blessing in disguise.


We've come to a point where we are so dependent on electricity and technology that since these things make everything easier, we forgot the old ways of doing things.

Socializing used to be about people meeting up in places and speaking to each other, enjoying their company. Nowadays in restaurants and coffee shops, you're guaranteed to find at least one group of people who are staring at their own mobile devices instead of speaking to one another.

It happens even in some families, where each member of the family has their own little world depending on whether they're alone watching television, staring at computer screens or tapping away at tablets or phones.

In a time where technology tends to separate us, the loss of power grants us the opportunity to appreciate the people and the world around us. Seize it.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 09, 2014.


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