I like to think that no matter how hopeless a situation seems, there is always a way out. It's not perfect, it's probably not even ideal, but it is a way out. As things stand right now, humanity needs a way out. We all know what I'm talking about, so let's not waste time rehashing things I've already said before.
Instead, I'd like to posit four possibilites about where the human race is headed - essentially, how things will end for us. I shall try to keep this post free of any unnecessary morbidness.
That said, the first possibility is that we ALL DIE SLOW, PAINFUL DEATHS FROM IRREVERSIBLE CHANGES TO MOTHER NATURE. Sorry, I had to. Things are heating up, that's no secret. Estimates made by scientists regarding how much longer we have range from just over a decade to a few centuries at most. There is a plethora of scientific evidence out there that climate change is real; what's less certain is when and how those changes will catastrophically culminate. I'm no scientist, so I shan't venture a guess. Unlike SOME people, I don't dish out opinions on things I don't understand. Yeah, you heard me.
All we know for certain is that the sun shall explode in another 4 to 5 billion years, once it uses up all its hydrogen, and has nothing left in the tank it keep itself going. Who knows, maybe humans will be around till then. If Darwin's opinions are anything to go by, humans will evolve to counteract any changes in the atmosphere that would otherwise annihilate us. Maybe we'll have something akin to natural air coolers inside us or something. Humans have come a long way since the first homo sapiens of 200,000 years ago. Maybe we shall evolve further to adapt to changing climatic conditions. Or maybe we'll die out like prehistoric animals such as the Woolly Mammoth. That would be such a... mammoth... bummer, right? Hahahaha get it? Mammo... no? Okay, I'll move on.
The second, and in my opinion more likely, possibility is that we kill each other off. Apparently, overpopulation in and of itself isn't anything to be afraid of. We could take every human being alive today and fit them all in the city of London. It'd be cramped, for sure, but it's possible. Logically, I think that too much of the population is concentrated in areas that are just too small for it to be comfortable. If humans were spread out equally across the world, we wouldn't be tripping over one another.
Anyway, the point is that the human race isn't getting smaller. People still procreate, for some reason. I mean, Jesus Christ are babies stupid. I hate babies. They cry all the time, and they just always WANT something. They have those big eyes, too. Ugh. More people equals more chances of conflict. We have nuclear power now. It's not that far-fetched that America decides to take out another high-ranking official in another country capable of responding in kind. America is a bully now, and eventually someone's going to fight back. When that day comes, it's boom time.
The third possibility is that the human race shall have no end. Who knows, maybe we'll have emigrated to other solar systems by the time the sun explodes. And by the time that solar system explodes, we'll have moved on to the next one. If history has proven anything, it's that we're very, very smart. I know it doesn't seem like it when you go on Twitter and Facebook, but the human race is capable of great things when it wants to be. The rate at which technology is evolving, it's entirely possible that the colonization of Mars shall begin by the end of 2050, or at least by 2100. Elon Musk has plans to send roughly a 100 people to Mars by 2024 to colonize the planet. I expect that won't happen. Let's be realistic here - we have yet to step foot on Mars, get a feel for the place and its radically different planetary conditions. Being prepared to colonize it in 4 years seems a bit of a stretch. But given a long enough timeframe, I believe it's possible. In 1920, if you said you wanted to land on the moon, your friends would advise you to bite a lemon. The way things are now would've seemed impossible back then. We're constantly bettering ourselves. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that we'll one day be able to not only adapt to natural changes, but also influence them. If that seems fantastical now, I would like to remind you that the very concept of an internet was born only in the late 1960s in the form of the ARPANET. A computer tried to send a node-to-node message to another computer. The message was LOGIN. The network crashed by the time G was being sent. Compare that to today, and, well, things have changed.
The fourth, and my personal favorite, possibility, is that it's a waste of time to ponder the future of the human race, because it's not in our hands. See, the Simulation Hypothesis states that just like every screen is made of tiny pixels, which light up in turn to give the illusion of movement, when nothing is actually moving at all, the very air around us breaks down into tiny pixels as well. Nothing is actually happening, because nothing actually exists. We're in a simulation created by intelligent beings with access to higher dimensions than we're capable of even perceiving. The end of the human race will simply be the end of the simulation. Maybe our universe was just an experiment by a being who wanted to prove to his buddies that he could code as well. We're not in control. We're just pieces of code doing whatever we're programmed to do. Any counter-arguments to the Simulation Hypothesis can be dispelled by simply stating that it's just part of the simulation. Maybe the fact that humans can even grasp the possibility of them just being pieces of code has been coded in, i.e., it's just part of the simulation.
It's like Last Thursdayism, another theory that I love. Last Thursdayism states that the universe was created last Thursday, but with the appearance of being created billions of years ago. All our memories, and everything around us, were just created last Thursday. It can never be disproved, because if you show any of its proponents a picture that you took years ago, they'll just reply that the picture, along with the apparent timestamp, was inserted in the world last Thursday. Since it can never be disproved, its not taken as a scientific theory, just a philosophical one.
So there you have it - my four theories about where the human race is headed. I had a lot of fun researching and writing this article, and I hope you liked reading it as well, and that it made you think. Feel free to let me know any of your theories about where we're going.
Until next time!