If the end of the world is inevitable, why not now?
Whether it be war, disease, a meteorite, God, or something else we don't know about yet, I think we all believe someday, the Earth will cease to exist. Could be a million years away; could be today. Being that we seem so mindful of future generations, would it make sense that for it to just end now would save future generations from witnessing and experiencing an end that will likely be terrifying, violent and painful. No matter what anyone's answer is, if really honest, it will tell us a lot about ourselves. Maybe we'll uncover things about ourselves that we didn't know. What do you think?
I think life is pretty good and it is good for my children. I would not wish an end to life as we know it ever. It is almost like you are suggesting that life is so bad we should wish for a worldwide suicide pact.
When doomsday predictions get so bad that we take them seriously and speak like you are we have lost all perspective. IDONO is your life so bad that you would not want the chance for your children to experience it?
Is some notion you have of the end of the world eminent and close?
I worry for you for this sounds like suicidal ideology.
Eric: I'm surprised. You know me better than that! I guess what I was getting at is wondering just how selfish we are. I'm not predicting or hoping doomsday is soon. I need more space because you missed the point entirely. I'll post an answer here.
It's best just to let God decide when to end the world.
The end if the world is a happy ending. It's when God finally takes all the evil out of the world and brings all the good home with him.
That part just before the end might get a little rough. Who knows what could happen. Economic collapse, natural disasters, war, the antichrist and who knows what else. This is to weed out the weak and bring out the strong in the world. So be strong.
The best thing to do is just be prepared. Store some food in your house. Get out of debt. Be in good physical shape. Get some guns and ammo and know how to use them. You don't have to be super paranoid and afraid all the time. Just be prepared for the worst and you'll do fine.
I just feel earth will be around another billion or more years. I'm generally not a pessimistic person by nature and I don't believe these are "the end days". People have been predicting the end of the world for hundreds of years. I'm fairly certain many people thought World War I and World War II or the Cuban Missile Crisis was going to lead to the destruction of the world.
They could not imagine a world of cell phones, iPads/laptops, people staying connected around the globe via Twitter, email, Facebook, and other social media. They could not imagine us landing on the moon, coming up with cures for various diseases, getting 30 miles or more to a gallon of gas.
I suspect there are some people praying for the end of the world. They're not happy with what they see and just want it to end during their lifetime. On the other hand many "dooms day" people are still having children and welcoming grandchildren. They have vacation plans for next year. Businesses have 5 and 10 year forecasts. Very few people live their lives as if today is the last day the planet will be around.
The Earth won't last forever, but that doesn't mean humanity can't continue past its expiration date. If we can master technology and co-existence, then there is no reason why we can't travel to, and populate, other worlds. Whether or not humanity is capable of that is another debate, but I think it's a goal worth shooting for. Especially when you consider how rare and precious life is.
This seems a very fatalistic and ego centered position. It is much akin to the notion that, I doubt that this child will have a good future and he is just going to die anyway, so I will kill him now.
In about 4 billion years our sun will go into a red giant phase, expand to earths orbit and incinerate the planet. If that does not get us a billion years later our Milky Way will collide with Andromeda. Not to worry though our sun is heating up, even as we speak, so in all probability our earth will be to hot for life in about 1 billion years. Also consider the increase in radiation. We must also consider that our moon is moving away from us and if it moves to far, we've got another problem, but, of course, that too, is a long way off. We also have the more mundane problems of meteorites and super volcanoes, like the one in Yellow Stone. Then we have us to consider and something called an atomic bomb, but all of our bombs cannot destroy the earth, but could have a really bad effect on life for awhile.
Also to consider those of us who wish to control the rest of us by whatever means possible. This can kill millions and return the Dark Ages.
Life has been on this planet for about 4 billion years. Our life form for about 250,000 years, homo sapiens-sapiens and I feel pretty good about us. I do not think there is any problem that we cannot fix, either caused by us or nature. We are very special, we can reason, ask a question and then provide an answer. I, personally, think that we should let that child live, as he may have the answer to our question. Admittedly we have answered a lot of questions wrong, but we are getting more and more right. Humanity is not me, it is us and we must survive.
CJ: I don't believe I took a position in any direction. I asked A hypothetical question and too much is read into it. These are all theories.Can't kill something that doesn't exist. I should have asked this differently. No one is getting point of ?
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