It’s the way of the world. The man upstairs decides something, and starts it in motion. Everyone realized it’s not a good idea, but it’s too late. It can’t be stopped. There is too much inertia, and red tape, so we’re stuck with it.
Smart meters are an obvious example. They want to install 30 new meters every minute. Yet nobody needs to be blasted with another wireless signal. Maybe at this point it’s insignificant. We’re toasted, one way or another. But on principle, it would be nice to think about less rather than more. What was wrong with the old meters?
Was the meter guy a creep, or something?
What was so bad about the guy coming out to read the meter? Was he (or she) peeping in our windows and posting videos of us doing who knows what on his membership site? Who knows? I never caught him. And if that’s what he was doing, has it really been so bad? Sure, we should get a cut of the action. That would be the decent thing for him to do. He could spin the meter back a few turns, at the very least. Maybe he was doing that, too. We’ll never know. He could have left us a note, so we would know. Then we could send him a thank you card, and everyone would feel good!
But now he’s gone. He’s out looking for another gig that gets him access to people’s yards so he can keep his pay-per-view site updated. I don’t have any ideas for him. He needs a new side hustle, or he’s going to have trouble making it.
And we’re stuck with Smart Meters. Technology for the sake of technology. What do we get out of it? Nothing! Other than irradiated, every 10-60 seconds, depending on the settings. It’s important that someone knows how much power your using every 10-60 seconds. Otherwise what? And of course, even if this information were supremely important, there’s no reason why we’d want to send it down any of the wires that are running to our house. The cable wire, the TV wire, the phone wire. Whatever! Let’s send it via air. Because we can! And who gives a crap about anything else!
They’ll give you many excuses
They want to charge you more for the power you use at certain times. They’ll tell you this is much better than averaging it out over the month.
They’ll tell you you’re going to save a few bucks.
They’ll tell you that using this meter will stop the world from heating up like an oven.
They won’t tell you whether or not they are heating you up like a microwave oven, or to what extent this extra boost of radiation is affecting your sex life, or whether it will give you cancer or neurological problems, or whether it messes with the birds or the bees.
They won’t tell you whether or not they even considered other, simpler ways of getting the results they want, or whether you have any say in the matter.
They don’t care about any of that stuff. You probably don’t, either.
We invented something. We figure out ways to sell the invention.
We are very clever.
Here’s the solution, for you.
Here’s about the only thing you can do. Move into the remote wilderness, which now exists only in 5 places, and don’t use any electricity. And find a different side hustle. Done!