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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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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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