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28 April, 2006

Just thinking

Imagine we lived in a different galaxy.

Or rather, imagine that the Earth was in a different astronomical (if that's the right term) situation wherein it became known that the planet will definitely be destroyed at a distant point in the future – call it a million years from now.
It obviously wouldn't threaten anyone alive now, but I wonder how it'd affect individual and collective psyches, simply knowing that there will be an unstoppable end point. Would it influence religions? Technological innovation? Mental health?

Comments

What disturbs me is the number of people on the planet at this moment who actually believe that the "end of the world" is coming. Did you ever read Jurrasic Park? Chriton said this is a dangerous concept (look how it's affecting U.S. policies under the current administration). He pointed out that the "world" will not end, although we could certainly make it uninhabitable for humans. The earth will remain long after we're gone as a species.

Thanks for a thought-provoking post! Here via BlogRocket.

Posted by Candace at April 28, 2006 03:17 PM
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