It was that there was a force that could make something move, make something that you would never imagine... People knew about electric fish and lightning but didn't exactly know the consequences of it.
Those answers are completely different. How do I know that you're telling the truth? I think that people didn't really care and that no one understood it fully.
The understanding was that it would not help us at all as we are living are lives fine the beliefs was that it is illegal to use electricity and it is not even real.