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The God Of The Switch

Everyday Life

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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Seriously, most of us don't have a clue how anything works, we just expect it to work, and if it stops we call someone to come and fix it, but we could never fix it ourselves could we? These are just some observations on the things in everyday life

I know today I can Google the answers to all these but very often I am too lazy to type into Google and Alexa doesn't always understand the words I say, that that happens with a lot of people, maybe I need to be a little clearer.

Life In A Day

On a weekday morning at 5:45, my electronic alarm clock goes off and wakes me up. I press a button to stop the alarm sounding and catch an extra five or ten minutes in bed.

This is the first example of pressing a switch and not knowing how this machine functions. I press the switch and the alarm goes off and that is it. If it didn't stop I am not sure what I would do barring unplugging the alarm clock. I know this machine was designed and built by humans, but we revere switches like God. They are omnipresent and this one is on my alarm clock.

Then there is the power for the device that comes from a three-pin hole in the wall. While I know it is generated, and there are wires, I don't really know how all this works. A few weeks ago there was a power cut, and the God of Electricity withdrew their beneficence for half an hour.

There was nothing I could do. I did check the fuse box, but the whole street was out so I know it was more than a blown fuse.

Then I get up and on the wall is a light switch.

I press it and Lo, there is light in the room. The God of Light Has shown their presence and illuminated our lives. I don't know how this works and someone unaware of the nature of light switches may see it as a form of magic.

Then to the bathroom, I use the toilet, flush it and water leaves it clean and ready to be used. How does that work? Do we have a God of the Toilet? If it didn't flush or fill up, I would not know what to do. I have to trust that the Toilet God will do their work and all I have to do is press the right button and it will perform the required duties.

The time to wash and clean my teeth. Somehow someone put that toothpaste into a tube just so that I could squeeze it out, clean my teeth, and freshen my breath. Depending on which tap I use the water is hot or cold and when it is hot the boiler fires into life to allow me to wash my face and attempt to shave without cutting myself too much.

All these things happen by pushing buttons and turning on taps to make my life much easier.

Next into the shower room with a selection of soaps and shampoos and a mixer shower which is usually ok but sometimes the God of the Shower decides that it might be great fun to run cold.


I have not even gone downstairs yet and you can see how in thrall I am to the God of The Switch, The God Of The Tap, and the God of Electricity.

I don't know how you feel but I am thankful and grateful to this group of tiny invisible, non-existent Gods.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran2 months ago

    I'm just like you, I don't know how these things work but my dad is the exact opposite. He really knows well about all the electrical and plumbing stuff. He fixes these stuff around the house on his own. I don't know what I'm gonna do without him when the day comes, lol

  • Aren't we all, lol. What would we do without them?

  • Kenny Penn2 months ago

    You and I both, Mike. I hate to think of what would happen to humanity if those gods went away

  • Yes we are all thankful for the God's of electricity. Perhaps created through human beings through the omnipotent universe of our reality of everyday living. 💜Good story.

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