Its a very interesting time in the world. We are almost half way through the year of 2011 and I have never noticed or care to realized how much shit is actually hitting the fan. As a 26 year old man getting ready to settle down and have a family, there is just a metric ton of bullshit going on in the world that frankly scares the shit out of me. I'm still pretty young, maybe it has always been the way things have worked, but for some reason I doubt it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that over the last 200 years the world didn't have its issues. Hundreds of thousands of people losing their lives from warfare. Nuclear bombs being dropped. Threats of complete, full on, nuclear war in the 1960s that for all we know could of ended what we think of today as "advanced" human society. We could've easily be living the lives of fictional characters in the Fallout video game series. That shit could have easily happened back in the 60s. Not to mention all of the destruction that we can not control. Massive earthquakes, super volcanoes, shit in space that could take us out in a fucking blink. Then you got diseases, plaques, and viruses. Its alot to process and take in for any human being.
Humans have been dealing with these issues since we first started documenting human civilization 11,000 years ago. So why do I think that it is worst today and will only continue to get worst as we advance as a society? You can categorize it into two simple concepts, information and population.
Lets break it down. We are mammals. It is inscribed in our DNA that we must fuck and reproduce. Another instinct we have is to make our lives easier for our needs. Meaning, we love tools. We love to create and invent shit to make our lives and the lives of our future generation better and more manageable. We have a brain and it allows us come up with ways to support not only our personal society, but the world's. Through this process we have the technology and know how to support and maintain a good portion of the world's population.
Advance technology is overloading human brains with information. It's really that simple. Think about all the information that we have today. We have this thing called the internet where you can literally search for ANYTHING. Think about the news coverage and how different it was just 100 years ago. If someone wanted to know what was going on in Russia and they lived in Mexico, the only way to possible know that is through their local news paper. There was no other way.
Due to technology, we know about shit instantly now. Think about hurricane Katrina. People in China knew about it while it was still in the middle of the ocean before it was even categorized as a hurricane. With the cell phone and portal technology that we have it is even worse. At 4am in the morning I got a text message from CNN stating that a 9.1 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan 15 FUCKING MINUTES AGO. I turn on the TV and I am shocked at the video coverage.
Social media like facebook and twitter also gives us a huge advantage into getting information as fast as possible. When the USA Navy Seal Team 6 was raiding the house of Osama Bin Laden, there was actually a person in the same city fucking tweeting about gunshots and black helicopters swarming around a house up the hill from his place.
You take in all of this and you process it in your mind. I would say that the majority of people in the world think something along the lines of "wow, what a crazy world we live in" and then continue to go about their day doing their own thing. However, due to the sear amount of people on the earth, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people that think that the end is near. They believe the apocalypse is among us and to prove their thinking, they look for answers.
They hop on the internet and see that in 2012, the Mayan Calendar "ends" and read about how people may think that this means the end of the world. They read that in parts all over the world birds are dying and disappearing at alarming rates. They watch the TV and see the Japan earthquake coverage and the massive flooding along the Mississippi. They drive down the highway and they see a billboard that reads "Judgement Day is Coming. The End of the World May 21st 2011" that seems to be sponsored by the Church. They get on twitter and click on a link that brings up a post on the Center of Disease Control US Government website that is a very serious article on how to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse and they finally lose it. Now they are convinced the world is ending.
Fear not people of the internet generation! The end is not here. The reason why people think this is due to the metric ton of information that is not only available, but is being shoved in your face. The apocalypse has always been somewhere in the world. A few months ago the apocalypse was in the far east in Japan. Then it was off the coast of Chile before heading up to the south-east United States and hitting them with 400 tornadoes and some of the worst flooding ever recorded. Do you know where the apocalypse has been going on for the last 20 years? The Middle East and North Korea.
If you lived off the coast of Africa on the island of Madagascar as a local tribe member. Would you think that the world is ending? I bet you it would be the last thought in your mother fucking mind. You wouldn't concern yourself with nonsense that you can't control. Maybe you would have the knowledge to know humans have been surviving on the earth for 1.8 million years and that it is highly unlikely that the great apocalypse that would end all things on the earth would happen in your life time.
Try to avoid all of the mass information out there, you will more in likely freak yourself out. Try to remember that this shit has always been going on and the only difference is that due to our advance technology and over population of our species...WE ARE EXPOSED TO TOO MUCH INFORMATION. It is always the Apocalypse somewhere ok?
If you read the whole article, thank you. Sorry it was kinda deep and kinda depressing. Hopefully it made some sort of sense. And no...I was not stoned out of my mind when I wrote this.