The Light Bulb – Death to Serenity
The Light Bulb – Death to Serenity
Can you imagine life without light bulb? Life and the world would be a very different place. Each day would revolve around the sun, maybe this is why the ancient Egyptians made it a god, Ra? In the pre-light bulb era of the late 1800’s the only thing Americans had were candles, oil, or gas lamps to illuminate their world from the darkness. Before the light bulb, the great invention was the gas powered street lamps. William Murdock, was the first to light his entire house by gas, and then lit the inside of the Soho Foundry in England 1802. Gas lamps were significantly brighter than the candles. What made this lamp even more appealing was the cost effectiveness of gas. It was 12 times brighter and 75% cheaper than candles or oil lamps of the day.
However if we look back from a present day perspective, one can fantasize of the warm glow that signified the other half of the day. Unlike today’s world, where stores are open 24 hours, men and women work late hours because the night never arrives. Here in the United States we have entire industries that function in the vampire hours, so businesses can flourish at higher profit margins. My question is how much better is our lives due to this false light? Before the light bulb people would sit around fires and enjoy the company of family and friends. When the night began to get late people went to bed and rested soundly. The late night insomniacs where most likely a tiny breed, because sunlight was to valuable a resource.
I think about camping in the wilderness being alone with the elements at the mercy of the sun. I find that the days are longer and I go to sleep earlier. Without the false light constantly stimulating me I find myself more rested. My mind always wonders how Americans of post 1879 felt when this new invention termed a light bulb, first appeared? In a time when gas lamps lighted the streets, or gas pipes brought the light into New York apartments, what did people think of this incredible invention? This device produced enough light that everyone could read clearly at night. The day was captured in a glass tube and brought sunlight into the homes of America 24 hours a day. I am sure that the Americans of the late 1800’s thought what a marvelous modern world we live in.
I understand the need to evolve into the world of light bulbs, but somehow a certain charm was lost with our steps out of darkness. Like a child growing up with his family, slowly he matures and becomes his own person. At some point he must leave home. With the first huge inventions of fire, candles, oil lamps each move took people one step away from the world untouched by man. Now in 2011, we have removed ourselves so much the thought of living in a world without light at our immediate disposal is unimaginable. The necessity of light to our growth is clear. Maybe we cannot go back to living without light bulbs; yet we can remind ourselves of the peace and comfort of returning to our first home. Home always calms the mind and rejuvenates the soul. Pull out some candles or spark up an oil lamp and return home to the soft warm light.
Written by Jak Ahabdune
Jak Ahabdune is an eccentric and enthusiastic writer from Venice, California with a unique, creative approach. Currently, he enjoys writing for e-zines articles and for a variety of websites as well as his own blog site, Jak’s View. He also frequently writes for 180 Films, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. His innovative and inspiring imagination strikes as a fresh draft of originality when he explores topics like skateboarding, consciousness, science, film and music.