Class Warfare Blog

March 16, 2020

We Are Done For

I was refreshing my memory of some of the earliest episodes of Westworld (on HBO) before I tackled the beginning of the third season. In the first episode Mr. Ford (played by Anthony Hopkins . . . I love Anthony Hopkins and have since Lion in Winter) musing on our unknown scientific and technological future mentions that, one day, we may even conquer death and as he finished that thought, he follows with “And then we’d be done, finished. We’ll never get any better.”  (This quote is from memory so it is probably slightly “off.”) This is one of the more brilliant throw away lines in this series.

What Mr. Ford is alluding to is that death is an absolutely vital part of the natural selection process at the heart of the theory of evolution. If we conquer death, then mutations and other changes, make no difference in our survivability and this marks the end of physical evolution.

Of course, social evolution is still possible . . . but then so is social devolution. We could change socially in ways that benefit no one and, in the short term, we could eradicate our own species before corrective actions prevailed.

The current Coronavirus-induced pandemic is a quite vivid sign as to how ill-prepared we are for such global events. With Trump in the White House and some Hindus drinking cow urine as a palliative for the Coronavirus, we have a full spectrum idiocy guiding our actions, it seems. Well, that and the normal “panic and run around like a chicken with its head cut off” human behavior (that is not a baseless metaphor, I have observed that behavior). “Toilet paper, toilet paper, my kingdom for toilet paper!” Where is Shakespeare now that we need him?

5 Comments »

  1. Now imagine a pathogen that is airborne, kills regardless of age, and lingers in the environment for 4+ weeks outside a host.

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    Comment by john zande — March 16, 2020 @ 11:15 am | Reply

    • I think what will bring us down is a bad case of “the stupid.” A questioner on Quora asked “if Ant man could shrink himself down to the size of the Coronavirus, could he kill it?” I wonder if he thinks ther is just one? Or that Ant man is real … or … sheesh.

      On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 11:15 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 16, 2020 @ 11:38 am | Reply


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