Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?

The other day the lights went out – for a whole 5½ hours. We gathered up some candles, played a board game, then hung out on the patio with a small fire. But it was not like “being a pilgrim except with cell phones and potato chips. We knew the electricity would be back on, probably sooner rather than later. And I’m glad.

I definitely belong in this day and age. I love being able to communicate with people without ever actually talking to them, let alone seeing them. I love texts and e-mail. I like being able to carry a hundred books around with me on my Kindle without the weight of that many tomes, classics and modern novels. I like cement and paved roads and have no desire to “return to nature.” I enjoy watching tv and going to the movies. I love that I can travel by car and plane, and train which I will do one of these days. I’m attached to my cell phone, although I rarely make actual phone calls, and my computer. I can vote and own property and drive a car.

I love the variety of people and the choices we can make.

I’m responsible for my own fate, not something women in other times and places have been able to say.

I can’t say we live in a perfect world, but it wasn’t perfect 40 years ago or 200 hundred years ago either. There are days, though, when I think I’m a flower-child just born too late.

What about you? Do you belong in the 21st Century?

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