Many of us think that we are very humble, and that we can handle anything that comes our way. However, we often ignore how comfortable we are (in the developed world). If you’re reading this article, then you’ve got electricity, internet, and probably a laptop or smartphone. These are modern facilities that we take for granted, let alone more basic facilities like running hot water and plumbing. Do you think you can handle it if you were deprived of modern facilities? 

 

Hot Showers, Running Water, And Flushing Toilets

People in developed countries generally only ever need to use a bath bucket if they are camping or doing something else outdoors. We don’t usually think about having access to running water, and many of us incorporate a long hot shower as part of our morning routine. We even take for granted the fact that we have a functioning sewage system to get rid of whatever we flush down the toilet, or else we’d have to deal with the smell of human excrement. This is not the case in many parts of the world, and there’s no reason to think that the developed world hasn’t found ways to deal with the issue. 

 

Many people around the world are accustomed to taking outdoor showers, using outhouses in lieu of bathrooms and many don’t have access to running water, let alone running hot water. 

 

All Power, All The Time

How often do you experience a blackout? We’re so accustomed to having lights on at all times that many people panic when there is a blackout. Not only do we expect light, but electricity powers a lot more – our fridges (and freezers), air conditioning, the internet. But what we fail to realize is that the power grid could just as easily go down at any moment. In many underdeveloped countries, the power grid may only be running for a total of an hour or two a day. For the rest of the time, people have to make do with candles, and they wouldn’t dream of air conditioning no matter how hot the weather gets. 

 

Why You Should Learn To Live Without Modern Facilities

Like most people in developing countries, you can’t imagine giving up these facilities you’ve become so used to having. However, there is a case for slowly weaning yourself off them. People who accustom themselves to living off the grid can deal better with extreme situations like war, and they are generally able to handle anything that comes their way. Not only that, but when you start living more in tune with nature, you will appreciate life much more. Understanding our place in the universe, and how lucky we are to be alive in this century can only come once we are deprived of all the privileges we have that weren’t available for most of human history. If you’ve ever gone camping and looked up at the stars (something we don’t see in cities), the view alone can help you understand how small we are in the scope of the universe, and how we have no control on life, so we might as well enjoy it to the fullest. 

 

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