Saturday, January 05, 2013

Modern Civilization

The night before last there was rattling and clanking in the street around midnight. It wasn't the ghost of Jacob Marley, but the St. Paul Street Department plowing snow into the street and then loading it into trucks.

Previously, of course, the city had plowed snow out of the streets onto the sidewalks, so traffic could move.

At the same time Public Works in Minneapolis were working to repair a broken water main, which flooded a large part of downtown Minneapolis.

At times like these I remember how complex modern society is and how much work is required to maintain and repair it. This is a vast cooperative effort. We should not think we are independent and self-reliant. Of course, there are people who go off into the North Woods and live off the grid, growing their own food. I'm not one of these people. I am in favor of modern civilization.


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