In my twenties, I was a high tech scifi fan. I looked forward to the future and more technology. My fave show was Star Trek, TNG.
Now, close to fifty, I've just about done a 180. I think working so much with computers has done that to me. I've been in IT for almost 20 years now, and it's taught me something.
We're all living in a house of cards. Everything is so dependent on electricity, on the grid, and on overly sensitive, tiny little circuits that require expensive, special fabrication plants and "clean rooms" to make; it's all so artificial, and delicate, and most of us have no idea just how vulnerable it all is.
Anyone living in the north eastern part of the US will remember the big blackout of 2003. It didn't take much to cause it. Our grid is woefully oudated and under-maintenanced. It will happen again.
Another threat is EMP - Electro Magnetic Pulses, which can be created by an orbiting nuke, or just a massive solar flare that hits us dead on. It happened in the 1800s, but then our infrastructure was such that not much was disrupted; today, it'd be catastrophic. The more complex a system is, the more chances there are for it to fail. Do you even want to know how many transistors are in a typical microprocessor, each of them susceptible to shorting, creating a cascade of failure, and how many important things in our lives are dependent on those processors, from banking to inventory to insurance to all kinds of industry.. you name it. And sufficiently large disruption to the flow of electricity, or to the health of all those microprocessors, and civilization will revert to savagery, almost overnight. It will freaking fall apart.
At times, I really just wanna bug out to the mid-west or even Canada, get away from all that, and just live in nature, and not rely on heavily manmade crap that can't survive having one "i" not dotted or "t" crossed. I'm starting to understand the mindset of "preppers" and survivalists. They might have a damn good point, politics aside.
We do have computers and electronics in Canada