500 years from now, historians will probably refer to these decades in which we now live as a "dark age". Although technology is getting more advanced, human civilization is currently going backward. Literature, philosophy, education, and the arts have declined to almost nothing. Science and empirical evidence are disregarded and not understood. Religion and superstition are everything. More than 50% of the US population believes that hobgoblins, ghouls, devils, and demons interfere in their lives. Most people think the world is less than 10,000 years old. Our government has stopped honoring international treaties and appeals to our belief that we are morally right. We are losing legal fundamentals like habeas corpus. 800 years of human progress is being stripped away and forgotten. History is not understood and the future is of no concern. Instead of facilitating thought, our society is regressing back to primitive instincts of hairless apes that walk upright. Base instincts like "peacock" vanity, social dominance, hypocrisy, and sex are what pervades the world of the uncivilized. The human race may be facing self-imposed extinction. The lunatic X'ians refer to this as the rapture. (Personally, I like the Kool Aid suicide idea better--it was less intrusive) So we may pillage all animals, plants, and water on the earth until everything dies simply because a few billion people can't come to grips with the fact that nothing happens to them after they die and that there is no afterlife. That's it--life simply ends and the universe goes on. I guess no one told them that life was never supposed to be fair.