A few years back there was a series of disaster films, with worldwide catastrophe as the focal point. One in particular, a story of a huge comet striking the earth, impressed me a lot. As I watched the film a thought came to me…what if the end of the world was to come by a comet? How would the population of the earth respond? Would they be as calm as the people in the film or would they riot and revert back to anarchy?
Looking around at the riots that have occurred in the last two years, for the deaths of people who may or may not have been guilty, they seem rather petty compared to the end of the world. Now, having said that, and not knowing the full story on most of the killings and subsequent riots, it does appear that one or two people are not tipping the scale over an estimated seven billion that would be lost. Terrorism is quite a different story, I believe. Jihadis are following edicts in their holy book, but that doesn’t make it any the less horrible…nor does it excuse them from complete annihilation when a large object strikes the earth.
So…what do you do when you, and the rest of the world, is threatened with extinction? In the films there’s always survivors and they always have a good outlook. Reality is a bit more stark, I think. When the world is destroyed, it won’t really matter where you are, who you are, or what you’ve done. You will go wherever your bits and pieces go. If you are a believer you’ll go to some sort of heaven or paradise…or hell. As gruesome as this all sounds it is a very real possibility because scientists say that it happened once before, which is why the dinosaur age came to a sudden halt…and it could very well happen again.
Also years ago there was a book about this big blue ball that we live on, and the author treated it as if it were a spaceship hurtling through space…which, in fact, it is. He proposed that earthlings look to other planets to colonize just because earth might disappear one day. Jules Verne, back in 1865, was already thinking about going to the moon, and in 1968, we did just that, and landed a man on the moon and returned him safely to earth. We’re now contemplating expeditions to Mars which is the next-closest to our own planet. Trips to Mars are not going to be short ones, and from what I’ve read, young people could grow old on such a trip. Is Mars even habitable for earthlings?
This is from a site called Mars.com , After the Earth, Mars is the most habitable planet in our solar system due to several reasons: Its soil contains water to extract…It isn’t too cold or too hot…there is enough sunlight to use solar panels…Gravity on Mars is 38% that of our Earth's, which is believed by many to be sufficient for the human body to adapt to…It has an atmosphere (albeit a thin one) that offers protection from cosmic and the Sun's radiation…The day/night rhythm is very similar to ours here on Earth: a Mars day is 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds…so you can appreciate why Mars may be the new home for earthlings.
Maybe this gave you something to think about. I hope so. As Bogie says, the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world…and that’s just as true as if you said 3 billion, because when it’s over, it’s over.
My parting shot is this, sent in by a reader. I think it’s humorous, and if it offends anyone…too bad. “Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French and it’s all organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, and it’s all organized by the Italians.” If you have comments, get me at firstname.lastname@example.org I answer everything.