Always Available

The beck and call society is getting ever deeper embedded, we expect to have 24/7 and 365 availability these days, well if not that then we can order something on-line and it tips up a few days later. When we go to the supermarket {at least in the UK} we expect to have the shelves fully stocked and we imagine that we can contact people pretty much all the time and at any hour of the day. People are “available”. We may take a hell of a lot for granted. And when we don’t get it, as and when, we can get pissed off. I get many looks of disbelief when I say a) that I don’t have a smart ‘phone and b) I only turn the vintage one I have on a couple of times a day. We may treat each other like shit, take each other for granted and then still expect the other person to be available to us.

I’ll speculate that we are getting spoiled by this convenience and over reliant upon it.

If we deem ourselves important then we expect things to come to us, to seek us out even. To an extent this may be true if someone is “after” whatever it is we have or think we have. The sort of people who do this may be on “the make” in one way or another.

Maybe this utopia of consumerism and connectivity is a great thing. But should we have the Zombie Apocalypse many will be well and truly up shit creek. They can’t ‘phone a friend because the GPS is down, there are no delivery drivers because they have all been eaten and the shelves are empty. What a pickle!

This taken for granted attitude means that we fail to appreciate what we have when we have it. Because something else is always available. “Ooh look at that green field over there, the grass looks very juicy.”

In all this bounty we can lose sight of what is important to us and take it for granted. When the grant is withdrawn we can be crest fallen and it can be very unexpected.

Having cued this up:

Am I perhaps getting a little spoiled by this beck and call mentality?

Have I ever taken something for granted only for that grant to be withdrawn?

Am I getting fat, complacent and lazy because of all this availability?

How well prepared am I, mentally, for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse?


“All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out in front of our eyes from time to time. The difference between an average man and a warrior is that the warrior is aware of this, and one of his tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting, so that when his cubic centimeter pops out he has the necessary speed, the prowess, to pick it up.”

― Carlos Castaneda