I had an appointment to go to this morning and as I was waiting to be called in I looked around the office at all the staff on their computers and it got me thinking. Everyone was on their computers, talking on phones, people waiting were on mobiles, no doubt a lot of them had driven their cars to get there, they were wearing clothes made in factories, plastics were everywhere.. So much of our lives now depend on manufactured goods and technology. Had a conversation with my dad last night about how when we were kids we'd go hunting and fishing, not for fun but to provide meat (dad more so than me), had vegetable gardens, entertainment was playing with friends and as we got older talking to neighbours, visiting family and so on. Everday we move further away from those simpler times when we relied more on ourselves and social group, right to the point where todays kids would literally starve without a corner grocery store.. We're losing skills necessary to our survival and todays technology occupies our time so efficiently we don't have time to learn skills like making our own clothes, growing our own food or hunting. In fact in Australia its near impossible to get a gun licence and permission to hunt on someones property. What would happen if we lost all these modern day miracles? It could happen, war, natural disaster, Y2k38 (though Y2k wasn't much of a problem), simply running out of resources like oil, inflation making it impossible to buy even basic neccesities like food and water. The last one may seem silly but for a single person who dosen't eat much I was still spending $150 or more on groceries for 2 weeks and my dad just got a $1600 water bill. Should we take a step backwards and start teaching and re-learning survival skills or blindly run into a science fiction like future?