When theres no power, one must get used to the smell of sour milk.
They keep the TV hooked up to a battery, because they still have satellite television. A world thats prepackaged leaves the few with nothing to do. They dont listen to the TV, it just provides background noise, like the sitcoms of 30 years ago, or old news broadcasts, or anything else thats obsolete.
The people left have taken up knitting, or reading, or anything else that doesnt eat up power. Its the television that provides them with one of the few luxuries of a long time ago.
If you were to talk to these people, they wouldnt be in distress. They would not be sad. They would be exactly how you are, because this is the world theyve lived with their whole lives.
One day, the news came on the television. Someone who was dead now was talking to someone else who was dead. The first one asked if recent events spelled the end of the world, and the other responded accordingly,
I mean, everybodys fighting these days. Theyre not idiots, theyre simply reacting the way theyve been reacting since the beginning of time. Theres poverty everywhere, and fewer and fewer people are interested in helping out. They say the fresh meats going to run out soon. Were a j curve species in an s curve world, and nobody wants to take a bullet. If there is an end of the world, its probably going on right now.
The television makes great background noise.