As far as I am concerned, the human predicament can end in one of two ways:
A: We face the start of a massive cataclysm within the next two years, that leads to a rapid reduction in the planet’s population, triggering massive global regrowth of vegetation which then stabilizes our climate and ends the unprecedented droughts. We have evidence of genetic selection by corona viruses throughout our genome, suggesting these viruses are capable of killing or disabling large numbers of people of relatively young age.
B: We face no such cataclysm but instead just continue the slow steady decline of civilization we experience in our daily lives, resulting in a population that slowly decarbonizes its economy as machines start doing most jobs for us, allowing positive feedback loops to trigger, resulting in a situation that hasn’t been seen in hundreds of millions of years (fossil carbon + natural feedback that would normally be triggered by the Milankovic cycles). Because the solar forcing is stronger than it has ever been in planetary history, this leads to an outcome worse than that seen in previous climatic episodes (See: Storms of my Grandchildren by Hansen). As far as intelligent organic life is concerned it would be over for this planet. You could kick the can down the hall by blocking the sun, but that would merely make the result after the eventual collapse of civilization even worse.
This blog should make it obvious that my money is on A. Specifically, I think we’re breeding highly virulent variants of SARS2, because most of the population is stuck with a broken immune response against the virus, a response that fails to select against virulence.
If I genuinely found myself completely convinced we’re going to end up with scenario B, I wouldn’t see a reason to go on living. I will never consent to living out my days in some AI “ancestor simulation” produced by a bunch of ugly bald nerds. I don’t want to go on living if the insects don’t go on living. This to me, is the most horrifying scenario.
I don’t need any “models” to see what’s happening. I know how this land looked when I was a child, I know how it looks today. The butterflies and bees have disappeared, there is now an eerie silence in the woods and a suffocating drought.
It’s obvious to anyone who isn’t a 98 IQ obese low status American white male divorced from the natural world, spending his days dwelling in his SUV, air conditioned cubicle or apartment. If you refuse to see it, you’re not going to make it. You are part of this machine and you’ll die with it.
I wish the low IQ low status white males much luck with their new ice age that should happen any day now and I wish the bugmen much luck explaining how none of this would have happened if we had kept the nuclear reactors running.
But like I said, my money is on A. I think humanity has made the biggest mistake in the history of civilization, by vaccinating during a SARS pandemic. I think this will result in highly virulent SARS variants that will depopulate the developed nations of the world. The survivors will mainly be children, teenagers and some of the young adults who were unvaccinated, resulting in the sort of demographic unable to rebuild civilization.
And my goal here, in writing about this, is to leave some sort of help for the survivors, who will have to make it through this transition into the new world. The survivors have to learn from everything we did wrong, to prevent our errors from ever being repeated. I’m not talking here about the failure to comprehend the evolutionary dynamics of a sarbecovirus pandemic. That’s merely the icing on the cake, the final result of a failure to respect the laws of Nature.
No, I’m talking about much more basic errors. The sort of pressures and expectations our society puts on children. The pursuit of perpetual economic growth. The abuse of animals. The distribution of wealth. The anthropocentric view of the world. The war on drugs. These are the main building blocks of the nightmare we now inhabit. The most important thing for future generations to understand, is that they should not look at us with envy.
The survivors of the cataclysm will have much shorter life expectancies, human beings will spend most of their existence as children from now on. The survivors have to make sure that they don’t embark upon trying to rebuild what we had. They should aim instead to commune directly with nature, through the use of entheogenic plants.
The San Pedro and Peyote cactuses have spread around the world, they are drought-resistant and will be the foundation of a new global religion. If humans are lucky, we will also be able to preserve Psilocybe mushrooms, Salvia Divinorum, Cannabis, along with the plants needed for Ayahuasca. People will have to live as nomads in tent camps. Sufficiently rapid depopulation should allow survivors to adjust using our food buffers.
If we place intermediaries between ourselves and the divine, we will give rise to new hierarchies, which will then give rise to wealth accumulation, resulting in new civilizations that make the rest of the Earth uninhabitable. We need to focus on enabling access to divinity without the need for intermediaries.
I live in a brief era in which a human being can spend his days accessing all of these plants. A post-cataclysmic world would be unlikely to have humans who can access all of them and so I hope to use my situation for good.
The vaccine is a blood oath to industrial civilization. To the cubicle. To academia. To the technocracy. To the Fortune 500 companies. To careerism. To technology. To alienation. I’m really sorry to anyone who signed up for it. But it’s either you, or all of us. There may be ways to escape, cannabinoids kill the T cells. But if you signed up for this blood oath, it’s the clearest sign I can think of, that you are part of this world, rather than the next world. And this world is nearing the end of its life.
It’s possible that I’m wrong, that we simply continue with business as usual. But in that case, all hope is lost. In that case all of you low IQ morons can sit in your air conditioned apartments, in a world gradually robbed of bees and butterflies, where food gradually becomes unaffordable, where billions of migrants will move towards Northern latitudes and where the Amazon forest dies. If you’re dumb enough to reproduce, you will find that your children will grow up to hate you.
I don’t pity humanity, because humanity made a choice. “Our industrialised genocide facilities for non-human animals made the planet uninhabitable” is not exactly something that is supposed to earn you sympathy. You vote to keep Auschwitz open. You people all did this yourselves. You chose this. Not me.