Cole Thomas. The Course of Empire Destruction. 1836. Wikimedia Commons
2030 Will Be Even Worse than 2020. And 2040 Will Be Even Worse than That. Unless...
July 3, 2020 (Medium) -- There’s an old line from a movie called Office Space -- do you remember that one? -- that I’ve always loved: "Every day since I began work is worse than the day before it.” That’s kind of an apt summary for… everything… at the moment.
Life isn’t a happy thing right about now.It’s stressful, strange, upside-down. I’m weary with boredom, exhausted by isolation, tired of all the nothing… and I bet you are, too. So.
Is it just me, or living through the end of human civilization kind of… sucks?
There’s not -- or there shouldn’t be, by now -- any real debate on the point that we are now living through the probable end of human civilization.
The end of human civilization is now easy enough to see, over the next three to five decades. It’s made of climate change, mass extinction, ecological collapse, and the economic depressions, financial implosions, political upheavals, pandemics, plagues, floods, fires, and social breakdowns -- all those will ignite.
Coronavirus is a foreshadowing, a taste of a dismal future, a warning, and a portrait, too. Life as we know it is falling apart. Life as we know it will continue to fall apart, for the rest of our lives. How do you live through that?
I’m not your therapist, sadly -- or luckily. I’m just an economist. So let me paint you a picture.