Just to set the Mood.
Over the past several years, both on ATS, and in the Real World, I've been noticing a trend towards extreme pessimism about the future of man...
The premise is usually how WWIII is going to come. Nation after nation at each others throats. ...and given the power of the weapons that many
nations possess, there is certainly a chance that mankind could end itself with a flash, and a bang, or many hundreds of them. Or some madman
somewhere could release some horrific bug that could possibly make the Plague during the Dark Ages pale in comparison.
All this is possible...only a fool would deny this.
But...is it likely?
I think not.
Man has had this capacity for the better part of a century. A capacity to destroy his, our, world has been within our grasp for fifty years or
more... Yet, here we are... We've come through, intact, crisis that make the current nonsense with Iran look like a schoolyard fight. Surely some
of you remember the Cuban missile crisis? The Berlin Airlift? The Vietnam War? Korea? The whole Cold War? Suez? The world has been to the brink
many times over the past few decades. The list is just less than endless.
The world hasn't blown up.
Every time someone, or multiple someones, did what it took to deescalate the situation. Did we come close? Scarily so in a couple of cases... Yet
That's not to say there won't be conflict. Barring a sudden Universal Brotherhood of Man breaking out, there's going to be conflict, probably
bloody ones in all likelihood. But, horrific as these are, and will be;they won't end the world.
Children will still run and play somewhere. Men and women will still love, and be loved. Life will go on. Have a faith that along with all the evil
in the world, there is good, too. Good that will ensure that our kind will continue on.
All the Doomsday scenarios are possible. True. But likely? No, I don't think so... Of course, only time will tell.