It’s 5 to Midnight

Have you heard the news about the Doomsday Clock? That’s the clock that factors in nuclear proliferation and environmental degradation to determine how much longer we have until the apocalypse. According to top scientists we are now hovering dangerously at 11:55 p.m. Yikes! News like this always makes me panic a bit. I scurried through the house turning off all unnecessary appliances and lights. It’s my small contribution to slowing down the journey to 11:56. I’d deactivate my nuclear bombs, but I can’t remember where I put them.

Watching my 9 month old daughter play on the floor as Fox News runs in the background with this report of impending catastrophe is difficult. What kind of future is she facing? There’s no way to know how far those remaining 5 minutes will stretch in real time. Rock star scientist Stephen Hawking has been quoted as saying the survival of the human race depends on our ability to colonize space. Uh-oh. If we can’t turn off light switches, carpool, stop driving gas guzzling cars, refrain from blowing each other up and make recycling a part of our daily ritual, how the heck are we going to pull of the incredible task of identifying a new planetary home, developing transport to get there and creating a society that will suddenly find a way to get along more effectively in its new digs? Fixing Earth 1 seems much easier than finding and developing Earth 2. Of course, there is the distinct possibility our world’s leaders aren’t going to do what it takes to fix Earth 1 or develop Earth 2. I suppose if humanity must come to an end, we can at least be comforted in the knowledge we’ve had a pretty good run.

One Response to “It’s 5 to Midnight”

  1. mandi says:

    And I thought I was the only one who worried about things like this. Many nights I lay my head down wondering, what kind of world I have decided to bring children into. I used to fear for my own future here on Planet Earth1, now I fear for hers and her children’s as well.