As a child, scenes like this in movies and TV kept me awake at night.
As a senior in high school, shortly after you-know-who came into office, this scared the shit out of me too, causing (along with many other things) me to have a Meltdown at school and end up in the cycle of useless intensive therapy I've only so recently escaped.
Read the 2017 Doomsday Clock Statement: https://t.co/0tAZlY96Xw pic.twitter.com/yAhkLvVngz— Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (@BulletinAtomic) January 26, 2017
And then, this year (2020), the Bulletin advanced the clock another 30 seconds closer to midnight. It seems they're not the only ones who know how close we are to total annihilation. Remember when movies about the future were all about flying cars and chrome appliances? Now think of all the future movies you've seen in the past 15 years, and how many of them were dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic. Think about the rising rates of mental illness. Think about all of the pessimistic memes that the Youth have put out about climate change, nuclear weapons, WWIII. While our culture as a whole seems despondent, the people in charge seem hellbent on denial of our impending fate.
Well, not necessarily. While climate change is already upon us, and we may have hit a point of no return already, we can certainly stop it from getting any worse. That would require all fossil fuel usage to stop immediately. Sure, go out and buy an electric car, a reusable water bottle, put solar panels in your house. In the end, all you're doing is playing into green capitalism.
Corporations are the enemy. The 100 richest companies in the world are responsible for 70% of global emissions. The largest polluter in the world is the United States military. We know what it would take to fix this problem. Many, many sources of renewable energy are available. Efficient public transport, if it were built, would pay for itself pretty quickly.
So why hasn't it happened already? Put simply, the greed of oil executives and car companies. They already have more money than they'll ever be able to spend, especially if they live like us normal people, but that's not good enough. They want more and more and more and more, more money, more possessions, no power. They know what they're doing. They know they're dooming us all. They just don't care.
Precious little, outside of all of us finally fighting back like The Man (barf) has always feared. But it seems like most people are far too indoctrinated to do so, so maybe you, as someone who's apparently at least wealthy enough to have a computer, internet connection, and time to browse this stupid website, should just enjoy the precious few decades we have left.
UNLESS, of course, you aren't a middle/upper-middle class, somehow-squeaking-by type like me, and are actually one of the wealthy elite. In which case, you may feel an overwhelming sense of guilt, send all of your assets to my PayPal, and promptly guillotine yourself in shame.