I found this posted on an American ‘preparedness’ site, survivalblog.com. It sums up Joe Public’s ignorance of his relationship with his environment.
- I have always relied upon the complex interdependencies of society
They have never failed me in the past.
They will, therefore, never fail me in the future.
I do not need to prepare for any problems.
- Meat comes to me in shrink-wrapped packages.
- Vegetables have no dirt on them. They are always crisp and shiny.
- Fish is a food product that has no bones.
- Bread is neatly sliced and packaged. It Builds Strong Bodies Twelve Ways.
- Potatoes are long, rectangular cubes that have salt sprinkled on them. I drive my car past a window to obtain them.
- Light is provided to me 24 hours a day by glass bulbs. It is never dark.
- Power for my appliances lives in the wall. I plug into it whenever I want to.
- I have books. They are used for filling the empty space on my shelves.
- Entertainment comes to me in a large box. It has many channels.
- Sometimes I see wars in far away places on the box. Wars do not affect me personally. Wars are entertainment. Wars are not waged near where I live.
- Heat comes to me as I turn up a thermostat.
- Cool air comes to me as I turn down a thermostat.
- Clothing comes to me pre-sewn, in my size.
- When the county fair comes, I go to see the horses, cows, pigs and sheep. I do not know where they live after the county fair goes away.
- Factories are far away places. They make things for me. I buy them.
- I get to other places in marvelous vehicles that come to me in showrooms. I do not know how to build them, or to fix them.
- My children are educated by people smarter than me. I have forgotten all I learned in school.
- Peace is maintained in my neighborhood by good men in blue uniforms. They have guns. I do not. If I press 3 buttons on my phone, they will come and help me.
- Medical assistance can also be obtained instantly, via the same three buttons.
- My s**t does not stink. It goes down a porcelain hole. It goes away.
- If anything goes wrong, I will look in the Yellow Pages and call someone to fix it.