I enjoyed reading this story. When the electricity goes off and the mass transit doesn't work and you are forced to walk and hitchhike, you become more resourceful. People who don't hitchhike are forced to hitchhike. You are forced to communicate more with people because everybody else is walking and hitchhiking.
When you drive around in a car, it is easy to be cut off from people. When you walk, you are better able to communicate with other people who are walking. When the electricity goes off, the computer doesn't work, the TV doesn't work--all kinds of things don't work--you are forced to go next door and have a conversation with your neighbor. Or else you walk through the neighborhood and meet people and talk with people.
Don't get me wrong: I greatly appreciate electricity. This story gives one pause to think about our humanity without modern conveniences. Maybe we need to strive to keep our lives more simple. Maybe we don't need all of the gadgets in our lives that require electricity.
I once had a roommate for four years. He would come home from work and would sit in front of the TV from 6 PM to 2 AM virtually EVERY night. In four years we had not one single substantial conversation. His life was defined by his TV set. I watch TV once in a while, but it doesn't run my life.
Is our life defined by things or by how we communicate with other people? Do we communicate with God?