posted on Jan, 2 2007 @ 10:04 AM
Well --------- what *IS* mankinds ultimate goal ?
Seems to be 'relief '. Relief from poverty and want. Relief from stress and worry. Relief from domination and control. Relief from guilt.
Relief from pain. Etc.
Personally, I very much doubt a warning would be issued by the powers that be for the very reasons detailed in above posts: people would behave
erratically, would commit crimes, would max out their credit, etc. So it's unlikely we'd receive any warning at all. In fact, based on all the
rumours/posts about deep underground bases etc. it's not beyond the realms of possibility that a doomsday scenario is on the cards for the majority
of us anyway, with the elite taking up residency in their secret bases for the duration.
But, for the purpose of the exercise provided by the OP, people right now are continually engaged in attempting to provide themselves relief from the
stress of being human.
Basically, people seem to want to escape most of all from themselves.
That's the allure of religion; it promises a means whereby people can dump it all and rise to a state of peace and acceptance.
We get so caught up in surviving, that we tend to forget why we're so desperate *TO* survive. It's as if we forget that we're all going to die
So, if we were delivered an ultimatum such as total destruction within a given time, it would take the pressure off, for many.
They might actually be relieved to hear that the responsibility to survive, to achieve, to continue ----- had been lifted from them.
Years ago, Neville Shute wrote a book entitled 'On the Beach'. In it, people were confronted by almost certain death. The time frame was shorter
than the OP's 15 or 25 years, but some strove desperately to survive against all odds, whilst others found they overcame this panic reaction and
instead went with, instead of against the tide and settled into a peaceful, accepting frame of mind.
I suspect that within the OP's scenario, many would do likewise, rather than live through hell only to be felled by death anyway.
When it's all summed up, what's so great about life? What is there within it that would make anyone want to cling to it regardless of the pain of
the struggle and the (in any case) foregone conclusion?
Death is unavoidable. So all the struggle achieves is to prolong the pain.
Who would want to survive, knowing they may inadvertently produce children they would not, in all probability, be able to protect?
Why is human life worth sustaining?
We're pretty horrible.
Life isn't that great.
The odds are stacked against us.
Something/someone else is pulling the strings anyway.
We don't start with a blank-slate/level playing field. We're victims of our genetic inheritance.
We didn't write the script. We didn't design the set.
We aren't provided time enough to do more than scratch the surface and then we're dead, even without a worldwide catastrophe.
I'd like to think that if the world's population WAS provided 15 or 25 years warning of total doom for mankind, that everyone would sit back and
say: " Bring it ON ! Sure, we're all going to die. So what. We were going to die anyway. So now it's YOUR problem, not ours. Just make sure
you enlarge the terminals leading to Heaven and Hell before Doomsday and make sure you have enough staff on hand to deal with 6 billion in one hit !
Ok Whoever you are --------- see you in 15 ! " LOL.