What was it like to live 500 years ago? Last week, I found out some of the realities, when we lost all electric power for about 2 days.
A tropical tornado hit our area. The wind made blood curling noises, as it tore down trees and other objects in its path. The rain came in horizontally , driven by the winds gusting at fearful speed. Rivers were deluged and flooded, as were many houses leaving people homeless.
The electric power system fell under the weight of the power of nature. The lights went out and so did our privileged lifestyle. Within one second, we were in darkness, stumbling around looking for a candle or a torch. Within one hour, we realized we were going back to the year 1500. At that time, Leonardo and Michelangelo were alive and developing their greatest work.
But how did they live and succeed. After all, as I discovered there was no way to boil a kettle, no way to have a hot shower.
My daughter has four children and there was no way to wash their clothes for school. Of course, they complained that they could not see their favourite TV shows, or play games on their computers.
Work came to a halt, as there were no emails, no Google, and no online business or social networking. Our world was falling apart.
When we looked inside the refrigerator this was confirmed. Food wasted away, minute by minute. What would we eat? There was no cooker or microwave oven.
We looked outside, but could not see the streets. Darkness had closed in. I wondered what it would have been like to be alone. Rather scary!! Only the wind and the rain and blackness for company!!
Then, I realized it was like living in this world before modern technology. The world was defined by black and white, night and day, Indeed, in the year 1500, it would have been worse. Most people lived in the countryside. When night fell that was the end of the day.
How did people like Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo produce so many master pieces? How did they live when there was no electric power?
Last week, I began to find out and I did not like it.