So often these days we say that we need something when we don't actually need it. Children have arrived at the stage where they believe the use of the word 'want' equates with need. We adults are not far behind! Presumably children have learned from us.
Most of the time it is easy to decide what we want and what we need but occasionally the boundaries get blurred.
Whoever we are and wherever we live We need food, water and shelter. To survive in the modern world we in the more fortunate countries of this world need a level of education commensurate with the job we do to earn a living whether that be a street sweeper or a nuclear physicist.
Oh, forget it. This could get way too complicated.
The whole point of this was the fact that I was deprived of internet access on demand for the twelve days I was away and I had severe problems. Now that I am back in The Cottage I thought those problems were over but, no, this afternoon I'm experiencing problems and am actually using dial-up to do this posting.
We all need , and I mean need, human contact to stay sane and be rational human beings in modern society. For many of us that means keeping in contact with our friends and family whether they be near or far away. There was a time many centuries ago when a long way apart was the next settlement but now many of us are separated from our friends and those we love by half a world. Half a century ago half a world meant letters taking many weeks or months to arrive and join people together. Today communication can be instant. We can carry a cellphone and speak to someone almost anywhere in the developed world and with satellite communication contact is available anywhere at all on the planet.
Anyone who is reading this is an inhabitant of Blogland. We are used to being able to communicate daily - usually via broadband internet - if we so desire.
So this past twelve days has been quite a self-revelation. I've had a wonderful time seeing Northland and enjoying new company. But I've been deprived of much of the instant communication to which I have become accustomed.
Do I need that or do I just want it? I think it's a need for me. Where does your vote lie?