It’s comforting to note that our grandchildren will be fortunate enough to witness the end of humanity in their lifetimes. On a selfish level, I probably won’t be around to see it, so that’s a small comfort. On another level, it has been a long time coming, this self-extinction, so the sooner the planet is rid of us, the better. The fact that our foreseeable progeny must be witness to the cumulative effects of our species’ greed and shortsightedness is not all that comforting.
What brings on these typically Tannish notions? Today’s Washington Post hosts an article about Canada’s oil boom, which illustrates how profit and greed overcome reason and caution as they strip mine bitumen-laden sand for fuel oil. The process is quite toxic, it seems, with the corporate stance being: “future technologies will be able to clean up our mess.”
Honestly – our inevitable and arguably imminent collapse will be well-earned. Only time will tell if it will be spectacular or not. Take heart that the children of the oil barons will be able to eat their stockpile of stock certificates when food becomes too tainted and all the water unpalatable.
As an afterthought, maybe America is doing the world a favor by killing off mass amounts of humanity quickly. The slow death of planet-poisoning would be cruel in comparison. For some reason strains of an REM song is drifting across my consciousness…
“…It’s the end of the world as we know it…”