Whatever. It was 2 minutes to midnight when the US announced the development of the hydrogen bomb, or something along those lines.
1953: After much debate, the United States decides to pursue the hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than any atomic bomb. In October 1952, the
United States tests its first thermonuclear device, obliterating a Pacific Ocean islet in the process; nine months later, the Soviets test an H-bomb
of their own. "The hands of the Clock of Doom have moved again," the Bulletin announces. "Only a few more swings of the pendulum, and, from Moscow
to Chicago, atomic explosions will strike midnight for Western civilization."
Doomsday Clock Timeline
So, 56 years ago, testing a hydrogen bomb moved the "Doomsday Clock"
ticks even closer to midnight and despite these weapons being around for
that long, the "Doomsday Clock"
has gone back and forth, back and forth, waiting for the next event to sensationalize.
Nuclear war wouldn't lead to the extinction of mankind or the destruction of the planet. It would mean starting over from scratch and a good hunk of
the people in this world of ours couldn't comprehend that. Most people can't fathom a world without electricity, television, running to the grocery
store because they're getting short on food, turning a thermostat when it gets chilly, not being able to turn a tap and have a drink of water, take a
bath or shower. They wouldn't know how to grow their own food, slaughter livestock or wildlife for food or build a shelter.
My mother is 83 and my wife's mother is 84. They both came from depression era farm families and can both remember working the farm, slaughtering
chickens or pigs for food and to sell. My wife could never do something like that because she loves animals and is a nurturer. I love animals as well
but when it comes down to it and you're talking about a matter of survival or sustenance, only the strong survive.
Most people in this modern era of ours could not function without the current "perks" of civilization as compared to people from less than 100 years
ago. For thousands of years, humans have developed. They've used the earth and it's resources during that time but only in the last 100 years have
we gotten to the point where humans are largely more dependent on everyone but themselves for their existence.
The "Doomsday Clock" doesn't represent the possibility of the end of human existence and it's not even about the threat of nuclear fallout or
nuclear winter. It represents the threat of going back to the basics and most of the people of the developed world (The ones that have actually heard
of the Doomsday Clock) aren't equipped for that. Set it towards midnight and they say "Oh no", set it back and they say "Phew, good news. Maybe
I'll run down to Mickey D's for dinner tonight." It's propaganda, just like missile siren tests, security level alerts or DefCon levels.