Will this year be the end of the world?


Doomsday predictions started a few years back with 2017 being cited as the year when mankind will be wiped out!

Since we as a human race are self centered, we are all obsessed with our own mortality and the future of the world.  What would happen to the world if humans disappeared? We are not talking about an apocalypse or doomsday prophecy but a probability!

History has been witness to many flourishing civilizations biting the dust. We have all read about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire or the total ruination of Greek civilization. A decline in morals, especially in the rich upper classes and the emperors, had a devastating impact on the Romans. Immoral and promiscuous sexual behavior including adultery and orgies were rampant among the ruling class.

Man with his instincts for survival has planned a ‘Noah’s Ark’ for humankind of the future, but without any animal pairs. It has a name that is more foreboding. The ‘doomsday vault’ was created to preserve the world’s food crops and save humanity in the case of a doomsday catastrophe. Yet how effective will it be, in the presence of large companies that control the economy? Is humanity interfering with its own interests?                                                            
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located underground, is the world’s largest security storage for seeds.

Almost nine years after it was built, the seed vault has taken on a mythic quality around the world, perhaps because its entrance — stark, geometric, bejeweled by a light sculpture by Norwegian artist Dyveke Sanne  hints at something not just hidden but forbidden.

The vault today houses more than half a billion seeds representing 881,473 unique varieties of plants used to feed people. The seeds come from the existing seed banks in 233 countries, and they are insurance against the loss of an irreplaceable crop to something as unexciting as a budget crisis in a poor country (or a rich one) to, yes, a cataclysmic nuclear war.

Look around you and you will see the pollution and the environmental degradation. The pollution permeates everything from what we eat and drink to how the digital world distances us from stark reality and distorts our minds. Art and literature and the electronic medium also pollute the mind and psyche. Violence and sex is the staple of TV and movies. With this kind of scenario, won’t history repeat itself? So, it won’t be shocking if the world comes to an end unless we turn our lives upside down and follow a path of straight and narrow- one of virtue.
To conclude on an optimistic note maybe if humankind makes a strong resolve to clean up all that is outside and inside and revamp its moral character, we could probably avert this disaster and live to see a brave new world!