Dear Jonny, Apocalypse?

6 Responses

  1. Ray Bradshaw says:

    Great little article. But depressing. Do you think man has it in him to make the changes necessary to prevent the end of humanity?

    • Jon says:

      Of course we do. But it would take a vast, collective, near-immediate change in attitude, behavior, and lifestyle, which is something that I don’t believe the majority of people are, at this point, willing to consider; let alone go through with. And that will probably change (the willingness) once it becomes alarmingly clear that the existence we have created for ourselves, on this planet, is no longer sustainable; once we’re past the point of no return. People will, at once, scramble around like freshly decapitated chickens, wondering what it is they can do (or should have done). Too little, too late.

  2. Damien says:

    Very logical thinking. I agree that human beings will one day wipe themselves out with either one monumental act of stupidity or by way of having poisoned and depleted everything everything necessary for survival. What are your thoughts on the movie The Road?

    • Jon says:

      I think The Road is the sort of dark, bleak, disturbing, near-hopeless film that should inspire us to take a much longer, closer, more careful look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed. I think much of its power lies in its frustrating ambiguity. I think it’s an accurate depiction of how earth will wind up if humanity continues to tread down the road we’ve cut out for ourselves. And I think that the majority of people who didn’t like the film (or the book) simply can’t (won’t) deal with that remarkably unsettling possibility.

  3. Emily says:

    “The birds are dropping either because of something stupid humans have done in the immediate sense, or due to conditions we have created with cumulative stupidity.”
    What do you mean? Please elaborate.

  4. Jon says:

    We either created atmospheric conditions (poisoned the sky with some unknown agent; by mistake or otherwise) on the very days the birds dropped from the air, or we have, over time, created environmental conditions/imbalances that led to them falling, dead, to earth, in mid flight. Directly or indirectly, we are the cause.

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