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In the entire history of humankind, we have never before been so acutely aware of all the ways the world around us could end.
Global economic crisis, peak oil, civil unrest, martial law, class warfare, power grid failure, conventional warfare, chemical warfare, chemical terrorism, nuclear accidents, nuclear terrorism, global thermonuclear war, supervolcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, climate change, biological terrorism, pandemic influenza, genetically modified microorganisms and antibiotic-resistant viruses, nanotechnology, exotic matter experiments, black holes, asteroids, meteors, solar flares and magnetic pole reversals. Or how about something on a Biblical scale like the rapture or an alien invasion? 2012 anyone?
Every era has its end times prophets. When doomsday passes without so much as a cloud in the sky, everyone shrugs their shoulders and goes on living. Y2K was the latest hype and 2012 is the new fad, though it’s all being overshadowed by the reality of worldwide economic collapse — just the first loop on a roller coaster to Heaven and Hell.
Then again, we’re still here after millions of years of bad weather. From the animalistic survivalists of prehistoric times to our present-day peril, human life has always made it through. There were some close calls. When the Toba supervolcano erupted over 70,000 years ago, the human population entered a genetic bottleneck of just a few thousand survivors. And it’s precisely because history is filled with plagues, famine, disease and disaster that our science and technology has advanced to protect us, while simultaneously giving us a microscopic view of our own pending demise.
The evolution of life on Earth is an epic story of survival, of human compassion and ingenuity triumphing in the face of death. The story bears repeating now more than ever. We may not be going extinct anytime soon, but our advanced civilization is racing to catch up with the myriad threats we have revealed and created. Unfortunately, this time it looks like both Mother Nature and Human Nature are outpacing our best efforts.
We’re sprinting toward the end and it’s too late to change the course. While the rest of the population is left gasping for air and collapsing in the streets, the survivalists will be crossing the finish line, ready for the next great race.