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The Doomsday Clock reveals how close we are to total annihilation

What does 90 seconds to Midnight Mean to You

By Arlo HenningsPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
The Doomsday Clock reveals how close we are to total annihilation
Photo by Fabrizio Frigeni on Unsplash

Is it time to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye?

The Roman Empire lasted (1,000 years), the Mayans (3,000 years), and the Egyptians (3,000 years).

By any measurement, those civilizations could be deemed immortal but they ended. However, the difference between then and now is the world continued.

According to the Doomsday Clock, the next end will include everything.

The Doomsday Clock is measured by climate change, nuclear threats, mass shootings, and other mass psychosomatic effects of stress like social hallucinations: UFOs to conspiracy theories.

Signs of mass hysteria

Unique to anywhere in the world America leads with 39 mass shootings in January 2023 alone. 60 people died. Americans have more guns than anywhere else in the world and they keep buying more.

It is the only country with more civilian-owned firearms than people.

As a group of Mormons in Canada kidnapped a family and ran around naked waiting for the final moment, the Earth’s inner core may have stopped turning.

UFO reports have skyrocketed to an all-time high.

A land mass larger than the State of New York broke off Antarctica and Greenland is melting quicker than the ice in your beach cocktail.

More wars, more super weapons, and pandemics plague the planet.

Around 150–200 plant and animal species go extinct on average every day. Around 137 of those species go extinct due to deforestation.

The Bible has a built-in doomsday clock as prophecy is read in the Book of Revelations.

The Hopi Indians thousands of years ago told the end of all things as Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance.

From zombie apocalypse and global famine to meteor strike and WW3, the 16th Century prophet Nostradamus’ predicted it all.

When the Buddha was born time was transcended.

So what moves the western Doomsday Clock is modern time and time driven by madness.

With the daily occurrences of an out-of-control world filling our heads, it releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

Our muscles tighten, the digestive system breaks down, insomnia occurs, and worse panic and paranoia set in and drive people over the edge.

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock has served as a reminder of the dangers of nuclear war and other man-made catastrophes.

Until I came across the Doomsday Clock article on CNN’s website I didn’t know a group of academic influencers had created the clock. I never heard of them or their clock before.

Today, the Doomsday Clock stands at just (90 seconds) to midnight, indicating that the world is inching ever closer to destruction.

The decision to move the clock 10 seconds forward this year is largely due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

When I take in total planetary destruction, the Ukraine War speaks volumes but so do many countless things that are gone forever.

I get the symbolism of it and the idea to create awareness. I understand the folks at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists promote themselves, but when has the modern world not been on the brink of destruction?

Depending on your POV the clock is stuck eternally at 11:59 pm — the hour of not quite rain.

Artists throughout history have portrayed the end in songs, paintings, literature, film, and recently social media.

We’ve seen the end of the world so many times we’ve memorized the plot.

Don’t fear the reaper — the hands of the Doomsday Clock can be moved backward.

What can you do to help yourself and the world?

Restore balance

Believe in hope.

Don’t underestimate the power of talking about these important issues with your peers.

Join a cause and contribute something.

To make a positive impact on climate change, look at your daily habits and see if there are small changes you can make in your life such as how often you walk versus drive.

Eating seasonally and locally, reducing food waste, and recycling properly are other ways to help mitigate, or deal with the effects of, the climate crisis.

Revere all forms of life.

Enjoy your favorite doomsday show like “The Last of Us” but don’t get swept up into a hysteria that the sky is falling.

Avoid fake news and conspiracy theories.

Too much negativity only breeds pessimism. Seed positivity.

There’s no avoiding the evil side of humanity so rise to the challenge and spread goodwill.

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About the Creator

Arlo Hennings

Author 2 non-fiction books, music publisher, expat, father, cultural ambassador, PhD, MFA (Creative Writing), B.A.

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