We all love our modern gadgets right? I mean who can live without your smartphone, tablet, PC, games console, etc. It feels sometimes like we are more and more reliant upon these technological marvels. What if you dropped your phone in the toilet? Or even somehow managed to drop it out of a window of moving car (perhaps taking a panoramic?) How would you feel? Gutted, right? But where do we draw the line in trying to save our tech?
You would think that common sense would prevail in the case of a serious situation, where the decision is ‘my gadget or my life’. The tragic story of Wendy Rybolt of Bartonville, Illinois, actually stunned me when I heard about it. The woman managed to escape a fire, which consumed her house, but then upon realizing that her phone was still inside the burning building, she decided to enter back into the blazing house to retrieve her phone.
As you may imagine the situation was grave and unfortunately the deadly smoke overwhelmed her before she had chance to retrieve her phone and escape. Local fire fighters were unable to do anything regarding the situation when they arrived at the scene. The law enforcement officers who were there beforehand actually did try to attempt to rescue Wendy from the fire, but the flames proved too much for the officers to handle.
This is a sad state of affairs. Gadgets are important to us these days. They help us keep in touch with our loved ones. They can assist us in dangerous situations. But in the end it comes down to a simple fact. A gadget is only a material thing. A piece of metal, plastic and glass with some microchips and wires…that’s it…nothing more, nothing less. There is a replacement value to it, and, in most cases, it can be replaced. People are priceless and cannot be.
How far would you go to rescue some of your tech? As always, if you would like to leave a sensible comment, then please do so in the comments section below.
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