Happy End of The World

There is something cathartic about failure.  About reaching rock bottom, just like a drug addict who realizes that they can’t possibly fall any lower.  Having reached the end of the line, there is nothing for them to look forward to anymore, or to worry about, for that matter.  A bizarre sense of calm and optimism suddenly prevails.  Not because there is an intentional quest for redemption from addiction, and not even because the addict has learned their lesson.  It is simply because the faint light shining from above is slightly more appealing than the dark, cold and damp floor of the hole they are trapped in.

Humanity has now done all the drugs it could possibly do, and is quickly approaching Graduation Day.   The party is coming to an abrupt stop as we begin to realize that we are concluding our enrollment in the Nature Studies University of Earth with a big fat F minus.  All those “accomplishments”, those civilisations, the tin cans that we sent to the moon, and we still get an F.  No stealing or bribery, bullying or plagiarism can save us this time.  We’ve pillaged all there was to pillage.  Bullied every species to extinction. And pretended that we are God’s PR agency, writing silly books like the Bible in his name to justify our sins and mislead our fellow classmates.  Is there any school mischief left, that this appalling student hasn’t yet ticked off their list?

Some find all of this tragic.  But I’m beginning to find it increasingly funny, in a morbid sort of way, of course. Because “tragic” would have implied that the main villain in the story of Earth, humanity, had some type of lapse of judgement that led to an unexpected turn for the worse.  Tragic would imply that we should somehow feel sorry for the main character in our planet’s story, who was unable to overcome their addiction, pathological lying and shit-heartedness, and was led astray by…well, by themselves.

The truth is that our main hero did not have a lapse of judgement.  They simply just didn’t have any judgement to begin with. They didn’t consciously choose between the “good” and the “bad” world.  Because they were always meant to be an F student from the beginning.  For those of you who believe otherwise, this is proven by the fact that our hero still doesn’t even know where and how they fell down in their journey through the drugs, pillaging and lying.  Now they’re finding themselves sitting at home wearing a mask, getting ready to log on into their virtual, online Prom Night.  What next?

George is an author, researcher, podcast host, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, sign up for blog alerts below, or enjoy his books

9 thoughts on “Happy End of The World

  1. Dear Sir,
    You are telling a truth fearlessly, which few would like to hear. I had secretly the same thoughts and feelings after some years of facing the facts. Once our species decided to leave the brutal law of nature, once our species took up farming, housing, accelerated by the religions which as you say gave us the right to enslave all nature the path to the final destruction had been chosen: thousands of years ago, not just 1750.
    We are probably flawed by design.
    I don’t envy the billionaires for their NZ bunkers, nor Elon Musk for wanting to colonise Mars. I’d rather burn with this planet.
    Thank you for your eloquent observations. There is some comfort and pride in at least knowing the truth, before it all ends.
    Best wishes
    Florian

  2. This is excellent. I was so drawn into every word. You are a vernacular artist.

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    1. Hi, thanks for reading. As much as I’m a member of the human species, I’m not preoccupied with our extinction. I find that selfish. There are 8 million other species on this planet many of which have already gone extinct or are much closer to extinction than humans. So the question for me is not how we go extinct but how they go extinct. And what happens between now and extinction is much more interesting

  3. Guy said something like, “All species go extinct, including 99.9% of species to occupy Earth so far” – isn’t the death of everything inevitable? If it’s inevitable, what’s the point of it all? Or am I misunderstanding what he said?

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