Oblivion. That’s a scary word for a Monday morning. Well, truth be told, it’s a scary word for any morning. Or afternoon. Or evening. It’s just a scary word.
1. destruction or extinction.
“only our armed forces stood between us and oblivion”
For such a nice sounding word — it really does roll off the tongue so wonderfully, doesn’t it? — it immediately conjures up feelings of dread, of destruction and, to me at least, the end of the world.
World’s end is something I’ve thought of a lot. Maybe it’s my Christian upbringing and the idea of the Second Coming, or maybe it’s because I’ve watched too many doomsday Hollywood movies. I suspect the latter. Irrespective, I’ve always imagined the world would end by some natural disaster (never a flood, though, and you can read the Biblical account of Noah for that reasoning). Again, that’s probably Hollywood’s fault.
So when I stumbled upon a doomsday story on The Independent this morning, I was naturally interested. The Oxford University researchers compiled a “scientific assessment about the possibility of oblivion”. And it’s actually really
“It is a scientific assessment about the possibility of oblivion, certainly, but even more it is a call for action based on the assumption that humanity is able to rise to challenges and turn them into opportunities”
— Oxford University researchers
They reckon that extreme climate change is the most likely oblivion maker. Ouch. There will be mass famine in poor nations, and huge migration to unaffected (i.e. rich) areas will cause global instability. Eventually, we’ll be wiped out. Fun times.
Next up is nuclear war. I’m going to blame Russia for this one. Or Syria. Or maybe America. I don’t know…
The next one is
a little very terrifying: a global pandemic. “There are grounds for suspecting that such a high impact epidemic is more probable than usually assumed,” the researchers believe. HOLY COW!
Okay. I’m out. *crawls under cover, cowering*