The strangest thing about our modern world is, when we are so very near Doomsday, why no one seems to worry about it or even care. A typical response when I bring this question up is, “When it happens, I want to be right under the first bomb.” But why do people have that response, when it is clear there will be some survivors in the world and all they need to do to be among the survivors is to not be on a known target when the bombs explode? Given even a couple of hours of notice and most people can get off of a target. And, not being on a target it isn’t too difficult to prepare a survival shelter which will get you through the downwind fallout problem. If a person has made preparations for that ugly possibility it only takes a few minutes to get to their safe place. Obviously the next months and years would be very difficult, especially when compared to our easy existence at present, but the human being is designed to survive difficult situations and with effort there will be many survivors, but of those who make no effort at all there will be few survivors.
Why don’t people make the easy preparations for these coming problems while it is still easy to do? It appears that people fail to appreciate the existential difficulties which they will face because they haven’t experienced them before and don’t like to project into the future from a base of scary speculation. It is easy for them to say no one really knows what will happen, so why worry about it or prepare for those unknowable and only possible eventualities?
A better life strategy has proven to be to concentrate on making money, because that gives those people who pursue that strategy with normal skill the most success. It is easy to see successful people, because they live in bigger houses, drive bigger cars and wear nicer clothes, etc. These are the people most people want to emulate and these rich people are the ones to believe because obviously they are successful. The problem with that reasoning is that the successful people are working on an entirely different problem. If they chose to work on the existential problem they would probably be successful there too, but they aren’t thinking about it, and that’s the real looming tragedy. Why aren’t economically successful people making some preparations for a sudden breakdown of our civil society?
These days it is common knowledge that the best place to make money is in the big cities and the best place to spend money is in the big cities and therefore the best place to live, if you can make money, is in a big city. Unfortunately, the big cities are major targets when there are major wars because that is where the destruction will hurt the country’s productivity the most. With the concentration of economically successful people in the cities, and the general knowledge that there are 30,000 A-bombs it becomes impossible for these people to face the grim fact that they can’t survive an attack. Therefore, their only sane option is to deny that the problem exists, and if it doesn’t exist why not just continue making and spending money? With that attitude it is easy to think and say, it won’t happen, there isn’t anything I can do about it anyway, so in the extremely unlikely chance that it does happen I might as well be right under the first bomb.
Those who can make it in the economic world are generally honest, hard-working people who are willing to do what it takes to grind through their daily lives to be successful. They are functioning in a world where honesty and dedication to their task in life is accepted as what everyone does. They can’t believe and therefore refuse to believe that there are forces beyond their control or the control of their extended group which will lead to catastrophe and a Doomsday war. Why would anyone be so stupid as to participate in such a hideous undertaking when it will ruin everything for everyone?
People like to have children and the human population of the Earth has doubled in forty years and continues to do so. At some point there will be more people than the Earth can support, and then there will be famines, and with those famines social problems like we have never experienced will be upon us. It is because our presently successful people refuse to even discuss these problems or even consider population control that an eventual collapse is inevitable. It is impossible to give a time for these eventualities, but my first guess is that India won’t be the location of the first major famine, but when famine does hit India the really serious social problems will erupt worldwide in their full fury, and that fury will precipitate a large reduction in the world’s population – everywhere.
Our most successful people will refuse to acknowledge the problems.