Last One Out Hit The Lights
“Extinction is the rule, survival is the exception.”
Our planet’s course is charted for catastrophe. It is likely the greatest efforts are being undertaken to leave this planet, not to salvage it.
I’ve enjoyed this pivot to shorter content, as it has forced me to be more direct in my writing.
Certain topics definitely require a larger amount of space to fully explore, but most things can be boiled down to key concepts with few supporting details.
And as anyone who has written a long essay before knows, the hardest part of writing well is not writing a lot—it’s editing down the words you think you need, but really don’t.
It also encourages me to write in an even more conversational tone, by eschewing complex outlines and multiple subheadings.
So what’s the question we’ll be investigating this week? What are the people with resources and power doing to mitigate our impending climate/overpopulation crisis?
It is commonly known that large corporations and governments work on projects in secret, often partnering to do so. It is also commonly known that the success or failure of their projects is usually hidden from the general public for at least a few years, but can take even decades to be well known.
Why would this be? In some instances, these pilot projects are able to achieve some sort of innovation at a scale that is irreplicable on a household consumer scale. There’s no real point in sharing this information with the general public if they can’t act on it—and most people wouldn’t have interest anyways.
In other instances, the public-private partnerships stumbles upon a discovery so groundbreaking, that they want to make sure their conclusions are correct. The general public might be opposed to said discovery, or are the perfect test subjects, so it is in their best interests to keep us in the dark.
I’ll admit right now that I refer to these people as a single evil entity, which is a gross oversimplification. No doubt, there are competing groups of people, some that are genuinely well-intentioned, and others that have much more nefarious instincts.
What we do know for sure is that our planet is headed towards death and destruction, if and only if we continue on the current path of consumption and waste, and if and only if there are no significant technological advancements to mitigate our trajectory.
We also know that many people are actively working on solutions to our multi-factored crisis, across top governments, corporations, academia, and startups. The efforts of well-to do entrepreneurs, investors and researchers has been highly publicized.
Do I think these people are lying about their work? No. I believe all the people who openly publicize their engagement on this issue are genuinely trying to find solutions that work for all of us.
What I am saying is that there are better financed and more connected individuals who have given up on trying to save most of the world’s population. It is likely they have access to data that we are unaware of, that shows just how inescapable our fate is.
In this case, the most logical route would be to work on an escape behind the scenes. If this planet is doomed, the chances are higher that a select group of people leave Earth and settle aboard a spaceship or another planet.
In the same way that we’ve come to realize that the CIA had satellites operating 30-40 years ahead of their time, it would not be fantastical to imagine some large scale progress on the side of space travel and exploration currently going on.
There is a chance that key figures could be working towards two goals concurrently: take Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos, both well known businessmen who have space companies. They may be attempting to actually come up with a way to save the human race, but also have a backup plan in case they feel the situation is beyond salvageable.
They both have also expressed serious reservations about the advancement of AI, which is odd to the average person—as our interactions with AI would lead us to believe they are not a threat. Chances are, these two gentlemen have seen the most advanced versions of AI in university research centers, or in startups, and have been exposed to truly frightening possibilities.
So what is an average person to do? Accept your fate, or do your best to get a ticket on the last ship to Mars.