The simple answer to this question is obviously humanity itself, but that’s a little broad, don’t you think?
These 16 people have some interesting and more detailed ideas on what exactly might be the thing to take us down.
16. Sounds personal.
George from the cleaning department.
He’s just about had enough of your s*%t Greg and now the whole worlds Gonna pay for it!
15. Hey, be nice to the monkeys.
I mockingly said “humanity” opening this thread.
I honestly thought it would be something about people willingly letting themselves become more like sociopathic monkeys.
14. I don’t want to bet.
Drinkable water shortage.
There will be war over fresh water in our lifetime. Bet.
13. It’s happened before…
A direct hit by a strong Coronal Mass Ejection.
It happened to a little planet called Earth 163 years ago.
And that’s not even the biggest one. Ice cores show one that would dwarf it during the middle ages, but electronics weren’t invented yet so nobody noticed.
12. Super cereal.
Man bear pig.
This is super cereal you guys. I’ve been trying to warn people, but nobody takes me cereal.
11. Start working on your immune system now, folks.
Bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
this is a leading cause of death worldwide and yet there seems to be little publicity about it. I guess there’s not a lot the public can do so no point in spreading fear.
10. A shortlist.
Ignorance, and more recently, the enshrining of ignorance as a valid and even popular state of being.
We are damning our futures by allowing the lowest intellects and least self-aware to dictate what books are too crass, or what subjects too taboo.
9. We shall all slowly go mad.
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8. Willful ignorance.
Ignorance I can work with but willful ignorance makes me so angry.
The difference between those two is pride. A humble person will acknowledge their ignorance and work to correct it. A prideful person will not. A humble person changes their mind in the face of new information.
A prideful person will be even more resistant to change. This is why Pride is the greatest of sins.
7. Totally on purpose.
Lack of critical thinking.
The rise of social media and political theatre is making society dumber and dumber.
The intentional dumbing down of society needs to stop.
Yes I believe it is intentional.
6. We like it that way I guess.
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
And just apply to the world instead of just the us
5. A triple whammy.
Human carelessness and natural disasters.
Apathy towards such carelessness compounds the problem too
4. Ahead of its time.
And this Carl Sagan quote from “The Demon Haunted World”
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…
The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
3. It’s a problem, but maybe not THE problem.
Pringles. One pop and you can not stop.
I can’t fit my hand inside a Pringle can. I have a huge amount of trouble fitting my hand inside of a Pringle can.
I can get my hand like four inches into the can but then I have to tilt the can into my mouth but by that point a bunch of crumbs have accumulated at the bottom of the can so they all go spilling on my face.
2. I mean why not.
Militarized gorilla cyborgs.
1. And there’s no cure.
Greed/selfishness. It seems to motivate 99% of the problems we see in society.
Greed passing as ‘normal’ corporate behavior flies under the radar.
It’s hard to argue with many of these, but which one is going to win?
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…