In this Issue: June '16Jun 01, 2016 08:30AM ● By Jason Huddle
Word on the Street
Ever wish you could just unplug? In this crazy technological world, it has become harder and harder to do so. I saw a TV commercial recently that portrayed a family whose Internet went down. They quickly went insane when they found themselves disconnected from the rest of the world.
We see it every day...people on their smartphones while waiting for a traffic light to turn green, or waiting to cross a street. Instead of talking to each other at a restaurant, we stare at our phones. At some point, we’ve got to learn to turn off the computers, tablets, phones and games and reconnect with the people right in front of us.
We’re calling this issue Off the Grid. No, our intention isn’t to shame you for looking at your smartphone while playing a game on your tablet and watching TV, all while reading this magazine. But we do want to show you that there are people out there who are finding ways to think outside the box when it comes to how they provide food for their families, utilize renewable energy and downsize their homes.
Remember when we were kids? Remember when we stayed outside all day playing with our friends until our mom called us for supper and the sun was disappearing behind the trees? Remember when we actually went hunting, camping and fishing instead of doing it virtually through a video game?
Now, I’m not naïve enough to think that society as a whole will ever return to those days. But maybe, just maybe, we might find a way to go back there for a few minutes, or days even, before plugging back in. I think if we did, we’d find that, upon our return, the world had indeed not fallen apart in our absence.
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