Hypothetical situation: if XR and Greta Thunberg and the climate scientists are all right, and the world climate does spiral out of complete control in a decade causing catastrophic changes to the very earth, what would you do?
I don’t want to argue, I want people to come join me in a thought experiment. When I was younger, it used to be in vogue to think about your escape strategy for the zombie apocalypse. Maybe it still is, but I got tired of it? Some fun “prepper” things, like solar ovens for when the electricity goes and you need to cook something, a go bag for when you need to get outta Dodge and fast, taking a karate class or two or laying away a steel baseball bat for when the undead hordes come for you and your loved ones and you need to step up like it’s Dawn of the Dead.
We have zombie bootcamp and all that nowadays.* A lot of humans love imagining the end of the world, especially when it legitimizes violent urges and gives them free license to smash things and get out all their rage and pain and frustration at the world they know being ripped from under them. Or they’re psychopaths, whatever. Point is, if one type of apocalypse makes for a pop. phenomenon and a fairly lucrative industry, I figure people have got to have thought of what they would do in this other apocalyptic scenario which is looming more and more realistic every day.
In any case, I am super curious. I can’t be the only one who is! Other people have to be curious about this too, right? I want to meet them, and talk to them! But I also want to talk to my friends and people I know about it, too! It’s like finally learning after five years what your closest coworker makes in salary and her current investment strategy and how much she has saved in RRSPs and TFSAs. Money, sex, death – these are all super important life things that we barely ever talk about even with those we are closest with, because they are somehow taboo. And they can tell you a lot about a person.
In my opinion, the way people think about who they want to be can give you a lot of insight in to who they are in that moment. And especially how they envision the end of their own world, and/or the end of their own lives. Thinking about mortality tends to scoop us out of the little egocentric bubble where we are at the centre and forces us to look beyond into a vast world that has gone on for aeons before us and will exist for aeons after. I think that is very neat.
I think what I’m saying is that I want to interview people about this. And probably record it for posterity – perhaps I’ll do a podcast? If I can get enough people on board, that is, who want to talk to me about my weird obsession with science fiction and climate change and existential realism or whatever. I guess I should start with making a list of questions to ask and then taking it from there? Stay tuned.
Okay now back to archiving FB posts…
*I was gonna put a link here but honestly just Google it – there are too many results