I am being a good sport and playing along with this impossible decision of whether I would rather live without the internet, or live without air conditioning and heating. My choice is that would rather live without the internet, because I know that I could live without the internet because I have done that most of my life. I have never lived without air conditioning and heating and I wouldn’t want to start doing that now or any time in the future, but people have survived that also. If I have to live without either one, that would be a bitter pill to swallow and I would rather have both in my life, because I consider them all to be necessities, and they all provide comfort to me. I have been in a lot of cars that never had air conditioning, but every house that I lived in had both air conditioning and heating. When a person is forced to make a choice between two equally unpleasant alternatives, that becomes a dilemma, which can only be solved by reasoning.
I didn’t get my first home computer till 1990 and it had Windows which was around for a few years by then, but there wasn’t all that much you could do with it yet, as most of my early applications ran on MS-DOS. I had a dial up modem that could be used to connect with the outside world and the internet had been around a few years longer than Windows. The only time I used my modem was to check my email as there wasn’t that much information on the internet back then. There were some early search engines around, but Google didn’t kick in till 1998 and that is when the internet started to move into high gear. Thus, the first 45 years of my life were spent without the internet, but today it is an integral part of me and I would hate to have to live without it.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #136 which asks, “If you were forced to choose, would you rather live without the internet, or without air conditioning and heating. Why?”