|George Taylor: Oh my God. I’m back. I’m home. All the time, it was… We finally really did it.
George Taylor: You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!
I have learned a lot from being a science fiction fan. A lot in fact about imagining a possible future for humanity, and where we may be heading. From reaching far into space like in Star Trek, to a Ape dominated planet like in Planet of the Apes and many apocalyptic scenarios in-between.
There is the Star Trek scenario. The one where we not only solve the resource, population overshoot and climate crises, but we make first contact and venture off into space, but in a really nice way and not fucking every other planet and its inhabitants up along the way. Nice ending except for the Klingons, Romulans and a host of other species bent on our conquest. It kind of turns everything we do now on its head. Obviously, I would love this scenario to play out for real, but I am afraid this may just be pie in the sky thinking.
Then is the Planet of the Apes scenario. The one were we have wars due to overpopulation, overpopulation, climate chaos, and then blow ourselves to hell, and what ever is left rise up and take our place.
Now maybe it is just me and you can call me a whacko if you like, but I see the latter scenario playing out right now, maybe because I see so little action to avert such an event happening. If we continue onwards with our ‘business as usual’ thinking, then this is one possibility, and scary to boot. Look around us. The biggest “La Nina” in history directly after one of the biggest droughts in history, followed by food riots, followed by……….well, you get the general idea.
We should just accept that the Earth isn’t going to accommodate our extravagant lifestyles anymore, and it’s largely our fault, and maybe, just maybe, create a future worthy for our progeny.
What a hostile environment we leave the future generations if we continue down this path.