There is no law of physics that says human beings will survive on this planet forever.
We don't like to think about it, but one day soon humans could face extinction.
Generations of apocalypse myths, from Bible stories to modern sci-fi films, have numbed us to worrying about it.
Rather than rebuke our carelessness and hubris, these myths have had the opposite effect. It’s become too easy to say, "That only happens in the movies."
Sure, it only happen in the movies—until it really happens.
According the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a few conceivable ways the world could end:
- Climate Change
- Nuclear War
- Artificial Intelligence
In January, with the inauguration of President Trump we inched a little closer to the End of Days. This is according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which produces the famous Doomsday Clock and announced that the clock is now only 2 ½ minutes to "midnight." That's 2 ½ minutes to the fatal end. For everyone.
This kind of thing strains our hearts and minds. In fact it's the headiest moral abstraction we can contemplate.
And yet, it's the most important.
In 1965 the media theorist Marshall McCluhan said, “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”
To prevent global catastrophe, we have to become this idea.
There are no passengers. We're all crew.