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Have a Green End of The World by Rodrigo-Vega Have a Green End of The World by Rodrigo-Vega
Not long ago I reached my own conclusion about not only the most likely but somehow (an this is very grim.. creepy, wrong, etc.) one of the most ... sadly desirable why not, end of the world scenario.
I'm talking of course about our world, the world of humans. This are our last days. You can't imagine how resilient life and the planet are, and the cosmic happenings that might even dare to mean them any signifficant threat are too far into the dephts of a future time and space for us to even worry.
Our species however, is bound to extinction, all species are. Usually a vertebrate species won't last more than a couple million years and ours has been running around for about that time. But is our particular way of playing with the funcioning of life that can really get us into trouble.
So far the only thing medical progress has been doing is to tests bacteria and viruses agains their weaknesses, saving them from all the trouble and the pain it would regulary take them via natural selection. This sounds like a great idea... except if we run out of weaknesses.
It is humanity's greatest strenght, to be with each other, what might end our ways. The world's globalization has created the perfect petri dish in which a super patogen can spread. In this very moment as I write, there are massive ammounts of people travelling back and from every point in the world. Just make it airborne an resistant to known antibiotics and there would be just no where to run.
It is of course something terrible, meaning the death of millions and millions... but we would be cutted clean from the tree of life. We wouldn't drag the entire biosphere with us into our misery as would a nuclear war, excesive growth of the world population or an ecological disaster that would cause the suffering and deaths of millions of people AND the suffering and extinction of so many other species. Even our pets might survive, the grass would grow on the streets and there would be wildlife taking the city for it's own (but no vampires, sorry)
Is this Nature's way to tell us "You better start walking straight or I'll kill you just like I killed the martians in The War of the Worlds"? Is there any abailable happy ending? can we walk back our footsteps away from modern civilization, somehow decresing our population for the world to handle it as it is mean to in a way that wouldn't cause maybe even more early deaths? I dearly hope so.
Maybe I'll be only the end of our civilization, maybe the "primitive" cultures that live isolated deep in the jungles and desserts will be saved. Just to start again, hopefully with a different mind, into a different world.
The End is unavoidable one day very single Homo sapiens will have died, how long it will take an which will be the quality of the lifes involed before those deaths, and the well being of the remaining species is what matters. If we want to choose the correct ending, we have to choose a correct way of life for us all.
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RedLotusPony Featured By Owner Edited Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now, I don't even want to think about the end of the world, so I didn't even read the description, but I love the picture! :D
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ragnad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Cogently put…

Back during the Cold War I heard horrid and hopefully apocryphal tales that the USA was funding biological warfare experiments aimed at creating a “Satan bug” to kill most the world’s phytoplankton.

Imagine some cleaning staff person mistakenly pouring the wrong vial down the wrong drain and releasing a world-killer into the hydrosphere? There goes enough of the world’s oxygen supply that not even insects would survive us.

The people funding this monster allegedly believed Heinrich Himmler’s saying, “Better dead than Red”.
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godofimagination Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
If we all die, I hope I get discovered as a fossil. I think ants are the most likely animals to be able to go space-born. Ants get smarter as their numbers increase (unlike us). If they had lungs, we'd be dead already.
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dropit141 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Check collectors from mass effect, ants with lungs :D
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Technically, they are just Protheans with chiton attached to their skin.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
I´not sure ants get smarter. Ants are a good example of what I would call an "unintelligent civilization". They build incredibly complex colective behaviours but individually they are rather fixed in the way they act. They engineering evolves by natural selection instead of intellectual revolution, and therefore it develops based on their need of survival, unless they progresively need to travel into space on a regular basis in order to survive, they won´t be doing so.
But anyway yea, If they had lungs, we'd be dead already.
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renadrawer Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Hmm Se Supone Que Desde El Prinicipo de Los Tiempos El Hombre Estuvo "Pensado" Para su Destrucción; Con el desarrollo y la ambición, de crear Tecnologías para convertir sus hábitos en formas más comodas, etc.
O Es por lo menos lo que yo pienso.
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waterwarrior360 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
pessimists like you are the greatest danger humans face
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hmn.. I guess you are right in a way.
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waterwarrior360 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
use your talent dont waste it
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
well I don't think I'm wasting it, I use a lot .. whichever talent you might think I probably have.
Neither I think I'm a pesimist at all, I just have a particular way of seeing things.
The end of humanity is something that'll happen sooner or later, all species eventually die out. Humans being a... peculiar species, will likely meet a corresponding fate which I want and expect to be the less traumatic for both humans and the planet.
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waterwarrior360 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
who said that all species eventually die out? remember there are always exceptions to every rule
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
No, not really. Nature has rules that's why that which belongs to nature is natural and not supernatural.
A vertabrate species (Species understood in the taxonomical meaning) won't live longer than a couple of million years depending on several factors.
This does not mean that all species will end with some catastrophic event. But will either be gradually displaced by embiromental presures or adversity, by more competitive species better fit for a changing world embiroment that may or may not be their descendants, or in the best of cases remain surpeficially very similar for a long perdiod of time. Even in the last scenario, the genetic drift over several million years would be such that you wouldn't be able to say that techically they belong to the same species.

Even if it were so, and our species could outlive .. how much time? even the universe is bound to die.. anyway, what makes you think that would be a good thing.
The strenght of world's life as an entity is it's ability to change. To upgrade itself out of a cycle of life and death. Do we want to exist forever and break that cycle? would that be the best for our world?
I expect life itself to outlive us, the planet to move along, new things will come after us, diferent from us. And they have the right to have what is now our place in the universe to do so.
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waterwarrior360 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
recent evidence suggests that the universe will not end.remember my friend that the first step to immortality is optimism and belief in self
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Can you please give me a reference of that evidence? The heat-death of the universe is pretty solid as far as I understand and.
It's clear on the tendence of the universe towards the color red. (The universe is expanding at an increased speed unitil it'll end up "flat" [Therefore the further you look out in the universe, the redder things get as light wavelenght is expanded])
Nevertheless you should be at peace with the end of things, It'll help you cope with well.. everything in life, loss, relationships, death.

I'm an optimist but my personal or my species immortality is not what I see as optimal. I believe in self as an ephemeral life form, just a fistful of dust in the wind. And that's all right.
Acceptance is the first step towards humility, humility in my opinion is a much more desirable goal than immortality.
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NatRadzi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
f**ckin' A.
Amazingly captured scene and very well thought through! I love the details. Real kudos. <3 x
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TheDreamSmiths Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Call me sick if you want, but I actually want this to happen. It is possibly the only way of ridding this world of the human civilisation without destroying it.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh absolutely. I mean our punny species is not big or relevant enough to destroy the world or even the biosphere. The world is BIG and made of MOLTEN IRON, and life has gone through some serious shit in the past whith which we could never compare and there will be bacteria chewing rock miles below the surface for quite a long time.
But yea, this is a very peaceful way to end us, no war, no overpopulation, no polution, not much suffering.
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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Thats why you move civilization off of the planet
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khildress Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
zombie in the grass!
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Actually is just a corpse
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khildress Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
I figured. I just had this whole team up scene in my head with the corpse as a zombie against the cat and bird.
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Crazygoblin21 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
The text has some typos. Great concept.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ugh.. it's a long text -_-
But thanks ^^
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Crazygoblin21 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
It's fine it happens to all. If you ever need any help proof reading I'd be happy to :)
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Trauma-Pisces Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Student General Artist
my end of the world consisted of lots of ice, im writing a graphic novel about it, lol.
i love it
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falconead Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Wow, I totally forgot about this contest... I'm too busy lately. But good luck to you!
This is a very interesting piece. And yeah, I've had such conversations about the end of the world with my sister, and we both came to the same conclusion - the Earth would be much better if humans weren't here, only the animals and the rest. Everything would live in harmony, with no pollution and stuff like that.
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Tortus333 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Yeah, I think it would have been a greta Earth without humans. But now it is too late. For us to simply vanish off the Earth much of it would still be destoyed. There are so many species dependant upon our conservation efforts. Many weeds would run rampant without our control and foxes and cats would kill most of the small Australian mammals without our 1080 baiting.

So I propose we make a time machine and go back in time to kill us before we did the damage! :P
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falconead Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Good point. But still, "God" created animals and all other creatures so that they can live and get food in their own way, so it's only natural that they would eat each other in the end, isn't it? :D
Looking at it from a scientific point of view, how did the dinosaurs become extinct? I mean, there were no humans to begin with, so either it was some critical climate change, a desease or an asteroid coming down and killing them all. They couldn't possibly predict that anyway, it was going to happen without anyone's interference. So if we had only animals living on Earth, at least they would die from natural causes :XD:
But a time machine would change many things too. We would leave the planet clean from our stuff and... ourselves.
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Tortus333 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Well introduced species eating the natives is very different to the natural food chain. Huh... that makes me wonder though. When the cane toad reaches south western Australia, will it impact the fox population? It secretes a strong poison and therefore kills any native animals that try to eat it... but maybe it will reduce the number of foxes... which is a good thing... hmmm...

Anyway yeah... if we all just disappeared it really would be like the picture, weeds and introduced species taking over.

And as to the dinosaurs. The number of species that died then will likely be rivalled by the number of species that die over the next few years of climate change. Some scientists are already calling it the 6th great extinction. And people say "climate change has happened before", yes, it has, but never at this rate. In fact the Earth is currently supposed to be in a cooling period. Anyways, I'll stop raging.
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falconead Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Yeah, every single animal has an impact on other animals, whether it's positive or negative, and that's a natural thing I guess. World without humans would turn into one huge jungle where weaker beings would eventually go extinct if predators take over. And yeah, the abrupt climate change will definitely bring devastation to our species... There's one thing that bothers me though. You know the polar bear is an endangered species due to the major shift in temperatures (well that's one of the reasons), simply put - the ice is melting - but now the whole planet is cooling down. Kinda ironic. Shit, everything's falling apart.
And it's alright, it's always good to hear someone else's opinion on such things :D
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Tortus333 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Yeah, it's so lame. Everything is changing so fast we can't even keep up. Our climate models are still just too simple to predict what will happen. All I know is bad things are happening as a result of climate change, and it's likely to get a lot worse.
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EmikoTenicho Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
WOAH- I seriously had a dream and there as a place like this...in fact, almost every place looked like this- and it was the end of the world!! I'm not even kidding. It was actually pretty freaky...*shudders* V.V
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Sugarshain Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
This sounds.. exactly like stephen kings the stand
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RonTheTurtleman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
We had such potential.
Such promise.
But we squandered our gifts.
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faye88976 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
thats a nice thought, we may be gone but life still goes on!
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Exactly.
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mtribal Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
great piece! well done!
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W-style89 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
whoa beautiful!!! I thought this was a picture! whoaaaa
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JeenMarion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mmm... como en el programa "La tierra despues de los Humanos"

Me gustó mucho tu dibujo (XD como todos los demas que haces)
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Shooter--Andy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, a kitty!
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of this TV special called "The World Without Us" and my idea for a Sci-Fi movie except mines in space.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yea, I've seen it. Extremely interesting.
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bringerzl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
zombie robot dinosaurs will kill us all... and i'll be smiling the whole way :D
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Absolutely. Couldn't have thought of anything better.
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jLundhArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A likely scenario.
As for how to decrease the worlds population? Make a law that decrees it mandatory to be sterilised if you are/have one (or several) of the following conditions:
IQ less than 80.
A decease, that can be passed down to children and that can't be cured.
A functionality inhibiting decease that can't be cured.
A mental decesase that can't be cured.

That would cover A LOT of people, people that aren't essential (dare i say damaging) to the human gene pool and therefore should be taken out of the equation.
Have you seen Idiocracy? Do, just for the sake to get the shit scared out of you.

Even if humanity were to survive and keep going inte the far future, they would eventually evolve into something entirerly else than what we would think of as a conventional human. For better or worse.
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're advocating a sharp increase of anti-human rights laws, which if we wish humanity to continue, are the wrong course of action. How about we put more efforts into educating people and try to remove ignorance. This will promote medical advancements which can prevent these diseases and possibly increase IQ. Ignorance is the problem. If people learned about contraceptives overpopulation wouldn't be a problem. What you think will be the best solution sounds effective but the public support would never come.
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jLundhArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ever heard of nazi germany?
Millions of people stood by a similar idea.

Your way is good and all, but as the problems we are facing in the world today require quite immediate attention, it is not effective.
Given that there were no other problems whatsoever I'd go for your way. Given the time period of say a milennia all wrongs could be made right. Since that's not the case and we are chin-deep in shit already...


And be careful to note that I said "a similar idea" above. I do NOT by any means support the nazi agenda.

But as a character in one of my favorite shows said: "I just can't abide by useless people."
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that one of the few things similar to your plan is Nazi Germany makes promoting your idea hard as hell. That and the fact that the instance in history taht was the Nazi's was a relatively small movement, the majority of the world wasn't following such a path, thus I believe that the world will never be able to completely do with such strict reproductive laws
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jLundhArt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Let's talk again in say 30-40 years when there are another 3-5 billion of us.
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