With the way things are going in the world today there are thousands of things that could change our lives as we know it, from an economic collapse, Water shortage, over population to all-out war. I recently watched Doomsday Prophets for the third time and I wanted to bring it to the attention of those of you that have not seen it.
Prophets of Doom discusses different events that could change the world as we know it. This show originally aired on National Geographic in January of 2011 and is explained like this…
“Today’s world has troubles unique to its time in history, from the global financial crisis to technological meltdowns to full-scale, computerized global war. HISTORY profiles three men “modern prophets” from different disciplines and with different theories who all believe America is on the decline, and will ultimately meet its end.”
Even though this documentary originally aired 3 years ago it is still very relevant, possibly more relevant that it was in 2011. We are seeing all of the signs of collapse popping up every day and in my opinion it is only a matter of time.
A good analogy that they use in the Prophets of Doom documentary is the Titanic analogy, nobody ever thought that is was possible for the Titanic to sink because it was believed to be unsinkable, and because of this there were not enough life boats for all of the passengers when the unthinkable happened. This Titanic we call the United States is going to sink, and unfortunately there are some people who won’t believe it until they are under water.
The Roman Empire
Throughout history all civilizations fail, it seems that the larger an empire grows the more likely it is to fall. Like Rome, America today has this blind faith that that we are so superior to the rest of the world that we are “unsinkable.” And just like Rome, We are spread too thin in too many foreign countries, and Just like Rome the government is corrupt and the only way to get anything accomplished is by bribery or raising taxes… just look at what happened in Detroit.
As you research more about the Roman Empire, or any empire for that matter you begin to realize that the United States is going to fall, but that does not mean that we need to be taken down with it. It might be an overused cliché but it remains true none the less “those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
The Prophets of Doom panel is made up of 6 well educated men speaking about overpopulation, economics, natural resources, living beyond our means our failing infrastructure and us becoming the cause of our own demise.
Dr. Nathan Hagens: unsustainability
PHD in natural resources and a former investment banker Nathan Hagens refers to our current economic system as a giant global Ponzi scheme and that all of this debt and credit that has been built may never be paid off and how will that affect the average American.
Haven’s also goes into natural resources and how we are using up our one and only endowment of oil and other natural resources and once these are gone how will society function without these subsidies.
John Cronin: The Water Economy
Director of the Beacon institute for rivers and estuaries John Cronin believes we live in a water economy, not an oil economy and I agree. We can find alternatives to oil and natural gas if we need to, but there is no alternative to water.
John sees the shortage of clean water as the biggest threat we face globally. Water is the foundation of life and the foundation of the planet. Over usage of water and the fact that people do not acknowledge a problem until it is staring them right in the face is why the crisis might get to a point where we cannot recover.
James Howard Kunstler: Too Much Magic
Author of The Geography of Nowhere, a history of American suburbia and urban development James Howard Kunstler calls this a disease of too much magic referring the notion that all of these natural resources will be around forever.
James believes that we are headed into uncharted territory and that future generations will be astounded about how we basically squandered all of these natural resources in a very short period of time.
Professor Hugo de Garis: The Matrix
Designer of artificial intelligences Professor Hugo de Garis believes that technology could grow to the point that the will be so complicated that we cannot understand them, and this could occur as soon as 2040…in our lifetime.
If you are like me, this probably seems like science fiction to you, but when you stop and think about how far technology has evolved in such a short period of time you begin to realize that 2040 is not that far out of the realm of possibility.
Robert Gleason: Terrorism
Executive editor and Author of End of Days Robert Gleason believes that people feel to secure in the United States or just don’t care and are apathetic. Terrorist nukes are surprisingly easy to set up and set off making them a bigger danger than we give them credit for.
The wrong country and the wrong person who has the knowledge could easily take this country out if they had access to the right supplies. We have seen this time and time again on a smaller scale but it’s only a matter of time before this threat becomes reality.
This is an absolutely fantastic show that I suggest you watch if you haven’t already. At the end of the show Prophets of Doom they go over what disaster scenario they feel like is the most likely to happen, although any one of them could happen the most concerning to me is the face that we use so much water without giving it a second thought.
we can overcome almost any nature disaster, natural resource shortage or economic collapse but water is our life blood, and without it we are doomed.
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