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No.233
As time passes, it feels like the world is getting more and more bizarre. Things are so far from what they should be, it's scary. I don't know when the crash will happen, but I think there will be one eventually. I just hope I get some kicks out of life before it happens.
¨ No.236
>>233
Forget war, we're currently dependent on a system that is ridiculously fragile and which grows more fragile every day. Yet, only a tiny portion of the people living in it have more than the most basic of knowledge about the systems and machines that prevent our total destruction. This is all further compounded by constantly worsening working conditions and an ever growing gap between the power of the people and the power of governments. As of right now, the people are weaker than ever before compared to their rulers, yet they are easily deluded by the illusion of power that a false freedom gives them. The truth is that the system has already reached and overtaken the point of collapse, and is merely hanging in the air for a moment before it all comes crashing down. The destruction of the system is already a decided thing, and our very survival, not as a species but as individuals, is all dependent upon knowing and creating the necessary technology to protect ourselves and keep ourselves alive before we no longer have the system to do that for us. Aside from a few tiny glimmers of hope, the future of our lives looks incredibly grim.
¨ No.237
>>236
>As of right now, the people are weaker than ever before compared to their rulers

Compared to when? To what standard? I would say the opposite is true, thanks to technology people who would have been tightly managed peasants in the past now have the power to influence world opinion, across borders. Governments can no longer reliably keep anything secret. People are more likely to believe something see on social media than a report that took 10 years to compile by dozens of people with doctorates in their field.

Any turmoil you want to point to right now is the direct result of people having power that no entities had before, and are completely unknowing of what to do with it.
¨ No.240
>>237
You're not seeing the bigger picture. Yes, the weapons and knowledge that the people can wield are magnitudes greater than those of the past, but the gap between the power of rulers and the power of the people has only grown to ridiculous proportions. In the past, I suppose it was more fear-inducing for peasants because the power of their rulers was visible and tangible, a large army equipped with swords and bows is frightening to a bunch of poor people with inadequate weapons and knowledge. But they had a much greater chance of succeeding in a conflict with their rulers compared to today. Yes, the people can wield guns and knowledge on a scale never before seen, which makes things like swords and bows laughable. But this is merely an illusion of power, as those in power can wield a plethora of machines of destruction which could all completely annihilate any force the people could muster with ease. If those in power also only had access to rifles and information, it is possible that the people could prevent tyranny. But those in power have airborne gun and missile platforms which are virtually invincible to any hand held weapons, and could wipe out thousands in just a few seconds. And don't even get started with nukes. The fact is that any freedom people believe they have is merely the choice to obey whatever rules those in power might decide, no matter how much it might be against the interests of the people. Do you honestly think a modern militia could do anything against a modern government? The reason the founding fathers gave the people the right to bear arms was as a safeguard to ensure that the people could prevent tyranny with threat of force, but it is already too late for that. The illusion is that the small amount of freedom the people are given right now would be enough with which to protect themselves from malice. The governments hold absolute power over the people, if anyone actually tried to make a change to the system that wasn't cosmetic they could and would be crushed with ease. Maybe this doesn't scare you, but it very much scares me.
¨ No.241
>>233
>As time passes, it feels like the world is getting more and more bizarre. Things are so far from what they should be, it's scary. I don't know when the crash will happen, but I think there will be one eventually.

-Anonymous, 300 B.C.

>As time passes, it feels like the world is getting more and more bizarre. Things are so far from what they should be, it's scary. I don't know when the crash will happen, but I think there will be one eventually.

-Anonymous, 45 A.D.

>As time passes, it feels like the world is getting more and more bizarre. Things are so far from what they should be, it's scary. I don't know when the crash will happen, but I think there will be one eventually.

-Anonymous, 1509 A.D.

>As time passes, it feels like the world is getting more and more bizarre. Things are so far from what they should be, it's scary. I don't know when the crash will happen, but I think there will be one eventually.

-Anonymous, 1996 A.D.


See where I'm going with this?
¨ No.243
>>240
How do you feel about the media scrambling to get things back into exact place recently?
¨ No.244
>>243
What do you mean by that? I tend to avoid the media as much as I can while still trying to find the information regarding current events by reading articles and finding out which information is accurate. Pretty much anything on a news channel is complete garbage devoid of any substance.
¨ No.245
>>240
Yeah but all that's been true ever since the airplane and tank got invented really. It kinda goes back to the old Orwell vs. Huxley fight, western governments have largely been content to keep their people fat, entertained, and ignorant with America being the pinnacle of this. There's no reason to threaten your own populace with guns and bombs if they're fat and happy with a fairly nice job. They were able to afford this due to the post-war economy. But now they've pushed both of those things as far as they can go, the post-war economy was running on fumes before it finally stopped for good, and the advent of new technology is inevitably forcing industrial revolution-levels of change.

There comes points in society where the old rules no longer apply and you can't keep doing what you've been doing with the same thinking patterns you had. We live in a world where some dudes from Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Slovakia can all come together speaking broken English on an internet forum about how much they love Naruto or Pokemon. And yet the dinosaurs who lead those countries are perpetually fighting the last war, using conventional wisdom that doesn't apply anymore. So of course all of this was going to happen eventually and yeah it's fucking scary, and I'm not telling you to not worried. The course of the 20th century could have been much different if some stupid bullshit had just been avoided in 1914.

We just have to try to be alert to the stupid bullshit better this time around. One of the differences is that, despite all the bullshit globalism gets thown at with, war is bad for business and I'm not sure if that can of worms can be closed up again.
¨ No.246
When you say "Things are so far from what they should be," you don't explain (a) what they should be and (b) why the world is under any obligation to comport to the norms you project upon it.
¨ No.247
>>245
The problem is that technology is too powerful for traditional styles of society to be maintained, either governments control technology and their citizens with an iron fist, or large scale societies break up and disband into very small societies. The amount of power that is possible for an individual to wield is simply too great to be controlled. In a world with over 7,000,000,000 people, the possibility that someone who wishes to do so will obtain the right things at the right time in order to cause just the right kind of damage to effectively make obsolete large scale civilizations is pretty much guaranteed to happen. The future is coming, people can either adapt or be destroyed by it.
¨ No.249
>>247
I pretty much agree. I don't like to crystal ball this stuff because no one has been able to do that ever, but neither wide-scale balkanization nor a widespread nationalist authoritarian revival would be surprising to me.
¨ No.250
>>247
This theme is basically what Fallout New Vegas is all about, specifically the final dlc in The Divide.

It used to be that power came from the amount of people who believed in you and followed you. Weapons are no good without faithful soldiers to wield them for you, natural resources are useless until mined from the ground by a legion of workers, money is only as valuable as the masses decide, etc. It was that way until technology came along. Now a single man can destroy an entire civilization with the press of a button, resources can be mined autonomously, and computers understand the behavior of our currency better than we do. The advent of technology fundamentally changed what power was. Power used to be measured in the people who followed you, now it is measured in the technological arsenal you possess.
¨ No.408
See, people think the apocalypse is going to happen overnight, that it's going to be one massive straw that breaks the camels back. But in reality, the apocalypse is going to be a long, slow process of decay after society reaches complete economic saturation. In fact, it's already beginning. The collapse of civilization as we know it is already set in stone, it just hasn't reached an extreme, visibly obvious level yet.
¨ No.412
>>408
Yeah, a lot of people don't realize that Rome didn't fall in a day, and really it never really completely fell at all, it existed well into the middle ages. The 'barbarian' invaders ruled much of it quite successfully for a long time, and many fragments of the old western empire lived on independently for quite a while. The Eastern half of the Empire was pretty much completely unaffected and continued on to become the Byzantine Empire, which would only finally slowly fall after the crusades.>>408
¨ No.416
>>412
I always wondered what the descendants of the English language will look like in the future. I imagined it going the way of Latin and evolving into multiple related but eventually mutually unintelligible tongues.
¨ No.439
>>416
Already happening friend.

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