Walking into the lunch room at work you notice your coworkers crowding around the screen. You glance up at the TV to see the headline “Meteor Headed Toward Earth”. Listening in to the news anchors worried voice you notice her say that this meteor will wipe out most if not all of humanity. You think about it now, what are you going to do with the time you have left? Have you felt you accomplished your goals/
If human civilization know the time it would it was going to end would it come together to try to solve the problem or cause massive destruction as people fight over items. I know this is sounding to start like something out of a movie, but the fact is when humans are faced with danger that they feel is unsolvable they start doing really unnecessary things such as breaking into stores or stealing items.
The question I like to think about is “Why?”. My reason to believe this is that humans are so use to being given what they want. We have this idea of new items being delivered to us by not doing any of the hard such as research, design, or inventing new things. Think about how new phones come out every year and we expect them to better. Just like medicine we expect things to get better and better and that there is always a solution to things and that everything is going to be okay, but in reality most things have not been solved and we have to live with that.
Going back into the question at hand which is why do humans lash out at an almost “unsolvable” idea is due to the fact that that problem is unsolvable so we try to make up for what is going to happen. We try to fill this void of happiness before we die with items and destruction. This makes no sense to me as destruction only tears down what we worked so hard to put up and stealing items will not fill the void of happiness.
Coming also back to the idea of time. In another scenario where only you were going to die in some scenario most of us usually answer with “I would do all the things I always wanted to do”. I find it interesting that we will follow up with these actions, but in a group setting I do feel like our actions were change drastically.
i know this article has been all over the place with ideas, but the main point is to ask yourself is why humans act the way they do when faced with intense problems. Of course there will be some that will always try to solve the problem and they will be the main characters in this end of world type scenario.