Our path to the end

Thought I might as well throw this one on my pile here, to add to the fun stuff we’ve brought about for ourselves. As my erstwhile boss at Coca Cola was fond of saying, “Complaints of the Season!”

The Brooklyn Culture Jam

timeline for too late we're screwedif you have trouble figuring any of this out, refer to this chart

This post started as a response to a question on Quora. I spend way too much time on Quora and Facebook and other such time-vampire sites, but somehow I’ve worked up to the point where I’m a frequent responder on topics around climate change. I’ve become a most frequently-read poster ‘expert’ on Quora, which means… something. 

Anyway, a question came up today that merits some exploration. And since I’ve never done a compilation of the estimates and predictions about NTHE, I thought this was as good a time as any.

“What events would take place in the months, weeks, days and hours leading up to a mass Extinction event?”

(you can find the article here)

I am going by the work of scientists who’ve written about these events. These are not predictions, but estimates…

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15 thoughts on “Our path to the end

  1. jim-

    I’m imagining what must have been going on, what the feelings were after Europeans contacted native Americans and disease started to spread and kill millions. Entire civilizations wiped out. What a terrible picture. Still not sure about all this as far as having it actually happen the way people are predicting. The article made it sound pretty ugly, imo. I don’t know.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      We can’t believe it all, nor accept it on faith, but I take is as timely warnings. As an active environmentalist for years I’ve encountered a lot of exaggerations and fear-mongering to get people motivated to do something as basic as recycling, for example. It’s a lot like religion, really. So, grain of salt and some heavy duty thinking… Many of the environmental consequences we predicted and got laughed at for in the 70’s we’re seeing coming to pass now: speciecide, climate change, endless resource wars, famine, refugees fleeing violence and dead soils… We’re in it Jim, though whether past the point of no return remains, for the time being, a moot point. So I try to make a difference in my own life and lifestyle. There is a lot of self sacrifice involved, I’ll tell you that, but nothing good is ever achieved cheaply.

  2. jim-

    I was out of the country a few years when “Blackfish” came out. I just saw it the other day on Netflix. Now all the Orca captive breeding programs are dismantled and phasing out. But, now China’s largest theme parks are starting an orca breeding program for their entertainment. Disgusting. But, we made some progress here I suppose. If we survive we’re going to look back at this time as a time of brutal cruelty. What were we thinking? $$

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Predatory capitalism in its extreme and final phase. Final, not because Earthians are evolving upward of the smart scale, smarter because it is unsustainable. We won’t die from climate change but from Billionnairism.

  3. Woebegone but Hopeful

    A good share Sha’ Tara.
    These folk who say Climate Change is a myth etc, etc, etc have obviously never read much about the World History in terms of the many epochs etc, and how there are numerous forces at work.
    And for all their vaunted wealth and transitory influence (I don’t use the word ‘Power’…another story), when the dust/mud/whatever has settled their remains won’t be noticed on the sliver which will be our part in the fossil record.
    They will be nothing….All gone….Future races won’t even care to worry about individuals when they are rooting around in the geological / palaeontological Past, just the smear which marked our passing.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      A smear, a stain, a blip, doing it’s cock-a-doodle best to claim it causes the sun to rise only to end up in the soup… 🙂

      1. Woebegone but Hopeful

        Yep…Some folk just don’t ‘Get’ how the Universe and on a much smaller scale, how this planet works.
        They some how think the Stock Markets can sort it all out….

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Hi Roger, thanks for commenting. Please look at my reply to selizabryangmailcom. It’s how I see it.

  4. selizabryangmailcom

    Climate change deniers. Sounds so, so familiar.

    When Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, talking about the inherent dangers of pesticides, one of her critics wrote: “If man were to follow the teachings of Miss Carson, we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth.”
    Well, everybody obviously now knows all about the inherent evils and dangers of pesticides, and no one would make a quote like that today.

    But where are we? No better off. And I’d like to know what some people’s issue is with nature, anyway, and how nature in itself could be compared to the Dark Ages? So weird! As if all of civilization would regress if we came up with responsible, alternative solutions to the problems we’ve made for ourselves!

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      It was the “great” clown Reagan who boldly stated in his day that “trees cause pollution.” I believe that the Earthian species does see nature as its enemy. If one goes back through history, it is always “man against nature” or “man against the wilderness” – a wilderness that must be tamed, subdued and enslaved to feed man’s egotistical civilization. Now we would find ways to continue to enslave nature, but with new technology that in no way threatens our hegemony over the whole. No one is talking about ditching civilization (the actual culprit) and returned, cap in hand and in full humility, to nature to live as natural creatures are meant to live. Not a chance. We want our anti-nature infrastructure; our physical comforts; our “ways”; we want the right to decide what, and how much, we will take. We remain solidly convinced that we have to be in charge. Therefore, no matter what is sought, or done, the demise of “Earthianity” is inevitable. This isn’t good news… but it shouldn’t even be news.

  5. Phil Huston

    I’m still going with dog slobber as the curative. You know you CAN turn your brain to oatmeal with “social” media and chicken little.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      The dog slobber idea is great, but I think we would soon use up the supply. Artificial dog slobber would probably put us back on the “big” carbon footprint. Oh, woe is me, what to do! I think chicken little was just ahead of her time. At least now we have some pretty solid science backing the idea that “the sky is falling” even if it’s called climate change. Personally though, I’m more concerned about the wars. The wars indicate a global moral failure to take responsibility for the conditions of the planet and a willingness to destroy it all, kill millions of innocents, just to be able to boast, “I’ve got more billions than you have – wanna throw the dice again?”

      1. Phil Huston

        War yes. Climate change? Mother Earth has been morphing since we were a lump of coal orbiting a much hotter sun. We screw up too bad and we’re another bunch of fleas shrugged off in a wet dog shake. And then the aliens will have to come back and do it all over again.

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        I’m hoping the aliens do it better next time, and they will ’cause I’ll be one of them. I’m saying this without wearing my colander, how daring is that, huh?

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