The internet is filled to bursting with disaster scenarios, both sober and wild-eyed. Example number one: ATS. I admit to being a "pessimism junkie"
as much as the next loon...I spend much time immersed in reading involving themes from economic meltdown to apocalypse to epidemiological nightmares,
descent of society into anarchy, and depopulation theories, to name a few. And fess up: most of you do too.
I think that if asked, soberly and rationally, 99% of the people here and elsewhere would say that they DON'T want these things to happen, and that
they desire to prevent them. I also think this wouls be basically sincere: despite all the horrors we perpetrate on each other, very few have a true
desire to see more suffering. I know I don't want to see any more, and I have sympathy with those suffering across this sad and beautiful world in so
And yet...and yet...something perverse in the human spirit capers and delights in the prospect of chaos and mayhem. I do not believe these two
perspectives are contradictory...they can (and, I believe, do) co-exist within the same persons. Some call the drive for death
and believe it is inherent in the human psyche. This may or may not be the
Analyzing the situation more closely, I think people are responding to two things here. First of all, there is a sense of impending doom many
"aware" people have felt for years...sometimes decades. Every day the news confirms these dark ideas more and more. I think a lot of people would
like to "just get it all over with" -- whatever "it" happens to mean -- so we can start from the bottom up and create a sane society again. This
may not be the best way to do things (the French Revolution was pretty ugly, to pick one well-known example), but the drive itself does make a certain
amount of psychological sense.
Secondly, I think an increasing number of people are totally bewildered by the world we have made for ourselves, with its unhealthy halogen lighting,
endless stream of paperwork and stresss, and unhealthy yet pleasurable habits. I think there is a strong desire to return to the "basics" that
defined humanity for so long... survival, hunt or be hunted...a basic simplicity that cuts through and clarifies. Again, although this desire may make
sense psychologically, it is not necesssarily the best solution..."its all fun and games until somebody needs a dentist," as I've said before.
Sprain your ankle (or worse) on the first day "TSHTF," and see how much "fun" a return to the basics will be. In a scenario where billions
experience crisis, simple odds place any given individual (including you and me) in the grave rather than triumphant and safe hunkered in a bunker.
Any other ideas?