Socratic Question: Why would a small percentage of the population devote their time to stockpiling the resources they need to survive? Do they have
Doomsday sells. That would be the bottom line here, there have been preppers and sayers ever since the time of the Romans. The soothsayer on the
street that claimed the Empire was going to crumble and it would be the end of civilization, for the Romans, when the Barbarians invaded, it was.. by
your definition Doomsday. When the Muslims invaded and sacked Constantinople it was by your definition Doomsday, that society, which knew not much
else, was radically altered, and people were unable to carry on their daily lives.
Most ATS'ers that are Preppers or as I have called them, somewhat mockingly in the 2012 forum, Peddlers of Doom Porn, tend to get their information
from the likes of Alex Jones, and John Moore, and *shudder* Nancy Lieder, (we'll get back to Nancy in a moment) but the first two, are in it to sell
product. They fantasize about FEMA camps and martial law, they sell product to help people go off the grid so that the evil government can't get
them, and in Moores case, he mixes that fear of governmental collapse with a sweet fiction of planetary bodies like Nibiru coming at us invisibly,
completely defying every law of physics known, and smashing out planet out of it's orbit.. But in the end it's to sell product (a few years back he
tried to claim the Gulf Stream had stopped flowing to sell his prepper materials) In fact, here's a quote:
Preparation is a complex matter. I do private consultations for families and corporations. A full eight-hour consultation just hits the highlights.
That's John's standard disclaimer. Alex Jones, Well we all know about him, if it's sensationalized it's Alex.. Need we say more, in fact Alex
uses a lot of John's predictions on his own show. Nancy is a world unto herself, contacted by the Zetas, she claims all sorts of Earth Changing
Extinction events, none of which have ever come to pass. But don't tell her that, she'll start to harass you all over the web. This is the "inside
information" that is being passed, bogus science and Aliens? Sorry I'll stick to the more mundane.
So there you have the sources from which the "inside info" spills, and most of the big names are the same way, here's what's gong to happen, and
oh look, here's something you too can buy to help you get through it and live.
Mankind has been through it's supposed doomsday several times over, and we will continue to go though it until the star ends it's life. However bad
things get we adapt, and that's the key here, humanity adapts. Technically, if you use the description you gave, of 50% of humanity being eliminated
as a threshold, you end up with a statement that "Doomsday has already happened" how? Easy, if you believe in the Bible, the Flood would have
technically, by that definition been doomsday. The bottom line, Mankind is obsessed with the morose and morbid, we obsess about our own demise, and
in all this time Humanity has been on the planet, we've adapted to whatever has been dealt us.
I know it's bad to use a TV show as a basis, but a few have come out recently that really push that point home, Revolution, EMP style event that
knocks out the use of electricity, which by the way we've only used widespread for about 100 years of our existence on the planet.. 100 years, in the
cosmic clock... So to claim that the sudden destruction of our "comfort" would be doomsday is rather short sighted, considering only 500 years ago,
we were still hurling arrows at each other, and 500 years before that, swords and rocks... We've come very far in a short time, but it does not mean
that suddenly removing the ability to go to Stop and Shop will spell doomsday. People adapt, that is our biggest strength over most species. As such
as long as we can adapt, we will live, as long as we live, there's no extinction, there's no doomsday, no matter what the peddlers of Doom Porn
would have you believe.
Socratic Question: Do you ever feel that an event would have such a catastrophic reach that humanity would be unable to adapt to it's new
Question two: Does our current technology actually define us as a species, if so, how do you explain everything up to about 1900?