The Yellowstone Supervolcano is about to blow, bringing on a year with no summer from the dust and debris thrown into the air. Only about a tenth of one percent of humanity will survive the resulting famine, pestilence, and war over what little food remains. That one out of a thousand will be the strongest and most adaptable, and will spawn a new race of homo sapiens sapiens sapiens, who will rebuild civilization and colonize Mars, then go on to other solar systems. Eventually, the Earth will be destroyed when the sun becomes a red giant, but we'll be long gone and watching on our ipods.
How do I know all this? Why, I made it up, of course, but you knew that.
Much the same as any future long range predictions, doomsday or not, are invented out of whole cloth.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Speaking of perspective...
My parents were born in the 20's. They were children during the Great Depression.... the one where some people had to let one child starve so they could feed the other.
They grew up during World War Two, when Hitler and the Japanese looked for a while likely to conquer the world between them, and the United States had not yet realized its own war-making power... think about that, a madman actually conquering almost all of Europe while an imperialistic militant society conquered almost all of Asia.
They became mature adults during the first decade of the Cold War, featuring the Korean War and the earliest threats of global-scale nuclear war, a scale of destruction never conceived of before. People were terrified of "The Bomb" and most didn't know much about nuclear weapons, and the Soviet Union was greatly feared. A renewed World War against the USSR was a constant worry.
Then they saw the advent of the 1960's, and everything they'd grown up accepting as "normal society" was turned upside down and inside-out. Massive social upheaval, a rejection by the youth of all their parents held dear, massive upsurge in drug use, war protests, the MLK riots, etc. Surely it seemed like the world was turned upside down.
Then the 70's, that I've mentioned.... still the Cold War, the constant threat that the entire Arab world was going to go to war on Israel again, threats from the USSR of nuclear war, gas crisis, energy crisis, misery index, textiles disappear from the South, etc.
Then they saw the economic resurgence of the 1980s and the fall of the USSR.... the prosperty of the late 80s and the beginning of the Internet in the 90s....
... then Y2K and the 2001 terrorist attacks and subsequent wars....
When they were born, many people still rode a mule-drawn wagon into town and many didn't have electricity or a telephone at home, and most people didn't live to be 61.
Before they passed around age 80, they saw Apollo 11 and the Space Shuttle, the Internet and cell phones, jetliners and industrial robots, lifespans increase 28%, cloning of animals, the decoding of human DNA, satellite TV, and the International Space Station. What a life!
THEY had perspective.
Peace is just the brief intermission between wars and other crises. Turmoil is normal.
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Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Step 1: Stay clear of all windows.
Step 2: Keep hands free of glass, bottles, cigarettes, etc.
Step 3: Loosen necktie and unbutton coat or any restrictive clothing.
Step 4: Remove glasses, empty pockets of all sharp objects such as pens, pencils, etc.
Step 5: Immediately upon seeing the brilliant flash of a nuclear explosion, bend over and place your head firmly between your legs.
My generation's addition to the list:
Step 7: Then kiss your ass goodbye.
Once you've learned to live with that the rest is easy!
I voted "Everything is fine" but what I really mean is, Situation Normal ... AFU.
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Mt. Rushmore: Three surveyors and some other guy.
Life goes on within you and without you. -Harrison
Hear the echoes of the centuries, Power isn't all that money buys. -Peart
After you learn quantum mechanics you're never really the same again. -Weinberg
Because I have studied history I get a bit annoyed when I hear people talk about how rough life is or how there is a war on the middle class. We have never lived in a better time in all of human history. Unless you were a king or something back in the day that reigned over a prosperous yet peacefull time, that is. People back in the day were dirty, uneducated and worked hard for little to no return. They had no time off for leisure. Women had zero rights. People were under constant threat of war, shifting political boundaries and attacks from greedy landowners.
Today? Woman can vote and hold jobs. People have access to education, medical benefits and hygene. As a result, life spans are up. Free time is up. Travel and vacations occur. TV. Food. I can eat terrific Greek food one day and Mexican the next. I can read pretty much anything I want. WE can discuss political ideologies without fear of repercussion. Same with religion.
Life is great...
Sorry wrong poll....
Last edited by Navy Pride; 05-06-12 at 07:51 PM.
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
Except that some countries will weather the storm better than others. My husband and I want to be ex pats someday. We're in the process of deciding where else we can live other than the US. Some of our considerations so far have been Australia and New Zealand. Canada is a third option.
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” -Napoleon
I'm pretty shocked it's so low as 1 in 7 to be honest, since so many take Revelations literally. That's probably where it comes from. They're so important, of course zombie jesus wants to meet THEM. Not that i'm ever going to read that acid trip, but every time some nut is on the streets talking end times, i'm pretty sure that's why.
Yeah people are scared out of their minds. Some nut like the ayatollah or a born-again christian like Bush with WMDs is legitimately scary, but even then i'm not stupid enough to think not a single human would survive. It's hard to imagine what would seem genuinely cataclysmic to me, perhaps living during the bubonic plague. People are just scared about things they can't comprehend or imagine, and that too often ecompasses just about everything outside their own living room.
Hyperinflation is closer than people realize/
Last edited by Alyssa; 05-09-12 at 08:22 PM.
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” -Napoleon