Today’s post is sort of philosophical in nature. Feel free to send me your thoughts.
Change is hard. Change comes in all forms, but one thing for certain is that it will happen. Time and entropy will see to that. Given enough time mountains erode and entire species die out… even the human species at some point in the distant future. (I hope not on the 21st.)
A lot of times world change goes unnoticed by most of us, but when something happens to us on a personal level we take notice. Why? Because humans are basically “me” based, meaning that when someone close to you dies you feel that loss, or when a new baby is born in your family you welcome that new change. The baby is welcome but it changes the family dynamics. (See? Change again.)
Change can happen on many levels, such as the earthquake in Japan in 2011 that killed so many people. While it may not have affected many of us directly as we watched the tsunamis on the news with horror and amazement, we didn’t really feel it on that “me” level until later on when you couldn’t get a replacement part for your car or your printer and it was because of the earthquake. It was that little thing that affected you directly that caused it to sink in.
TEOTWAWKI can be a very personal thing such as a job loss or the end of a relationship, which could mean the end of the world as *you* know it. Change can mean a lot of things and people generally associate TEOTWAWKI as something bad happening, but I often wonder if the end of the world as we know it really has to be a bad thing.
Even getting a job or a big promotion or starting a new relationship could mean the end of the world as you know it. In this case the change is positive, but the world you lived in is now a very different place isn’t it?
Most people think of “The End Of The World As We Know It” as a large scale event – like country or global sized. An asteroid impact or a CME event would probably fit that bill if it were a big enough asteroid or solar flare. The six mile wide asteroid that struck the earth 65 million years ago certainly didn’t do the dinosaurs any good that’s for sure.
Could we as a species survive something of that magnitude? I think we probably could, but it would likely blast us back to the stone age for a long long time.
While some might say, “Hell yeah! Bring it on!” it should be noted that those people who lived in the stone age didn’t actually live all that long compared to what we do today. It would likely be a brutal existence and I think that a lot of people simply would die without the benefits of modern society.
I’m not talking about the lack of modern medical care either.
In the past I’ve talked with many people who said that they’d rather die than live without the trappings of modern day society. People don’t want to live without their cell phones, or their computers, or the internet, or their Kindles, or their fancy cars, or their… well, you get the idea.
But if we had to do more with less would that really be a bad thing? If we had to know more about things that had to do with every day survival such as plumbing, carpentry, sewing, etc, would that really be a bad thing?
If we were no longer dependent on smart phones and computers to take care of us would it really be that terrible? Computers run our world today and if we had to give up our dependence on them it would be hard… maybe even impossible for some, but I think in the end we as a species would survive, because that’s what we do.
Anyway, those were just some thoughts rattling around in my brain and I thought I’d jot them down and see if anybody had some thoughts of their own.
Sound off below!