End of the world as we know it and I feel kinda blasé about it
Apologies for the rambling nature. No real point here other than to kick out some random thoughts.
I’ve been pondering the possibility of the end of life or civilization as we know it. Not from a conspiracy theory or religious perspective but from events I find likely or at least possible. Such as:
Natural disaster – Ice age, major seismic shifts, global warming, etc.
Interstellar event – Meteor hits us, black hole opens up next door, the universe decides to unbang itself.
Unnatural (i.e., man-made) disaster – Nuclear war and subsequent winter, splitting some subatomic particle we shouldn’t be splitting, some group of scientists decide to splice tyrannosaurus rex DNA with a koala which creates the koalasaurus rex who breeds fast, swarms the land, and likes to dine on tasty humans.
Socioeconomic – Some sort of food shortage, running out of oil (say, are we after the peak oil curve now?), some political wing in power decides to engage in brutal suppression of the earth’s population, massive and coordinated civil uprising.
The first three, I’m not worried about so much because there isn’t a heck of a lot I could do about them. They’d just happen and we’d have to deal with it (or not because we won’t be around). And they could pretty much happen at any time with or without warning. Kinda random like that. Well, except maybe some of the man-made incidents which I would hope we’d have some restraint in.
The Socioeconomic possibilities are where I struggle with a general lack of faith in people. These are items that the human race could likely anticipate and work to prevent or deal with after it happens (work on fuel alternatives, kick up food production, etc.). But would people, on a large scale, do that? I tend to doubt it. Look at the looting and general mayhem where people just went and got theirs in the aftermath of Katrina or the LA riots. Also, the socioeconomic possibilities seem the most likely to me in the short term.