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In this case, we have an ideology making war and as such there is no conventional strategy that will work because an ideology recognizes no flags. There is, simply put, no there to make war on until it is defeated. So we flail around and look as bad as everyone else and whole effect is destabilizing.
originally posted by: stosh64
I saw this a few weeks ago and am not surprised.
originally posted by: netbound
I think I agree with just about every post so far. We’re living in dangerous times, and there’s no guarantee what tomorrow has in store. I don’t walk around with a sign proclaiming, “The End is NEAR”, but I’ve got to admit it’s getting harder every day to keep a positive outlook on things to come.
I guess what makes me most uneasy is that our technology is far outpacing our wisdom/ability to control it. If all we had were sticks and stones, then our fate would be in Mother Nature’s hands. Unfortunately, though, we have planet killing technology in the hands of psychologically disturbed, borderline psychotic individuals only slightly more advanced than the chimpanzees we see at the zoo. And our weapons technology just gets more powerful every day.
Like I’ve said in other posts like this one, IMO Humanity is rapidly approaching a crossroads (probably this century) that will determine our fate. If we make wise choices we could move on to a magical world of dreams fulfilled through advancing technology. If we make bad choices, however, we’ll be essentially making a deal with the Devil and assuring our own destruction. It pains me to say this, but considering our embattled history, it’s hard for me to look ahead to a brightly optimistic future. I do hope I’m wrong.
PS: Remember 9/11? Remember how it affected the psyche of our nation, it’s impact on Wall Street, how it nearly shutdown the travel industry, etc., etc., etc. Now imagine the impact on our culture and economy if only a dozen 50 megaton hydrogen bombs pummeled our largest cities, and then the long term consequences of the nuclear winter and radioactive fallout to follow...
The clock is nonsense. It means nothing. How can you foretell the end of the world based on a clock that is based almost completely on guesswork and nothing that even sort of resembles science?
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: ketsuko
Maybe it's a reflection of our current mind-states? Glass half empty?! Can we ever know?
Whatever the case, I agree with you and can see more potential areas of instability than anything generated by an East-West arms race.