City Life is Like Living on a Cruise Ship

| 3/6/2012 12:58:19 PM

 By Cam Mather 

As I watched the news reports last week about the cruise ship floating aimlessly with no power, I was thinking about how life in the city for most people is like living on a cruise ship.

In a city, and on a cruise ship, everything is provided for you. Food, water, electricity, heat, entertainment, climbing walls… it’s all just there, miraculously.

It seems to me that most city people don’t ever think about where all of this stuff comes from or what happens if it ever stops. I think anyone in the city who heats with natural gas and watches the movie “Gasland” ( should have a visceral reaction when they are confronted with the impact of our pursuit of that fuel on other people’s lives and be inspired to switch their heating system to a geothermal system.


The reality is that most city dwellers won’t watch that movie and/or won’t think much about where the gas and water and gasoline and food come from. That cornucopia of excess that is a modern grocery store … it’s just always been like that and it always will be, right? A grocery store is like the all-you-can-eat buffet on the cruise. It’s just endless. Isn’t this bliss?

Judy Papenfus
3/8/2012 10:42:02 AM

It appears that you are making some sweeping generalizations about city dwellers that are unwarranted. Not every city dweller is blithely unconcerned or foolishly naive.

Jessie Crowe
3/7/2012 1:56:32 AM

I'm trying to make my Plan B my Plan A - I live in a relatively urban area but I'm learning how to grow my own food, and we have some laying hens for eggs. If our heat goes out there's always the fireplace (located in the basement for optimum house heating). I'm not all the way there yet but it's a learning process, and I feel a lot better being in control of my own survival.

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