Discussions of Doomsday will generate nonsense responses quicker than any other topic except perhaps the question of how to please a woman. Both of these subjects are of critical importance to the human species, and thus there is a great deal of generalized conversation about them. Ultimately, there can never be clear cut resolution to either subject before the action, and after the action there is nothing left to say. Thus, the arguments will persist until the end of time. At least until the end of time for man.
Shakespeare’s Sonnet #129
Th’ expense of sprit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and, till action, lust
Is perjured, murd’rous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and, no sooner had,
Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;
Had, having and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows, yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
The post “Hilarity – is a symptom that someone might be thinking” gives some underlying reasons for the qualities of human thinking and why we think the way we do. The post “Lifehaven – Request to dock the ship Queen Mary in Tasmania.” with its projection of a precipitous drop in human population, discusses the reason people don’t want to think about survival, and just blank out the whole subject and call it foolish. And, the post “Intelligent Design — of humans by humans and for humans.” brings us back to the problem of why humans are the way they are and behave in the way they do. The problems are just too intractable to be solved with current wisdom, and the outcomes too horrible to contemplate, so any real solutions haven’t been pursued. They are politically unpalatable, and can’t be implemented, and so the impending disaster is blurred over with a distorting rhetoric of transparent fabrications. The problems are simply too big to face.
Overall the situation for most people of the world is better than it has ever been at any time in the history of humanity. People have food, which is proven by the fact that the population continues to expand. There isn’t a major war, proven by the fact that the population continues to expand. There isn’t a major epidemic, proven by the fact that the population continues to expand. The pollution of the environment isn’t a problem, proven by the fact that the population continues to expand. The resources of the world are plentiful, proven by the fact that the population continues to expand. Modern weapons are not being used, proven by the fact that the population continues to expand. The farm land, although nearly fully utilized, isn’t a problem, proven by the fact that the population continues to expand. A long and prosperous future is ahead, proven by the fact that the population continues to expand! Not!
If any of those factors concerning the overall health of the population of the planet falters there will be repercussions felt throughout the rest of them. When that happens it is possible for a progressive collapse to ensue with a positive feedback cycle bringing on a general collapse. That will probably trigger a major war, and that will trigger a really catastrophic collapse. Hence it is necessary to prepare for a fall back position, to prevent the absolute dissolution of all we hold worthwhile. Thus, we need a Lifehaven Strategy to be put into place as quickly as possible. At present we are quite wealthy, and it would be very easy to do. A single philanthropist could finance it. — That is an interesting word. Philanthropist, a “Lover of humanity”. — For a government, any government, it would be a minor appropriation to finance a Lifehaven. Even for a group of not particularly wealthy people it would be easy to create a Lifehaven. Preparations for Lifehavens in the Southern Hemisphere by those people living there would entail little more than creating a livable location, laying up supplies, and supplying a gene bank. However, a group of dedicated people must step forward soon.
Because, the time is ripe for Doomsday.