I'm curious about your use of the phrase "primitive dark age cannibals." Why do you believe everyone's ethical stance will be changed if we do lose the grid? (We won't, at least not for long.) I'm sure you mean it as hyperbole--I hope you mean it as hyperbole. However, I'd like you to really think about it. A solar flare does not last long. Even assuming every transformer on Earth blew, assuming every satellite were knocked out, and so forth, we do still have the knowledge to rebuild.
Originally Posted by fz89
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