Eve of Destruction

Eve of Destruction

A worldwide pandemic that should bring the world together seems to have divided the world more than ever. Some people don’t even believe there’s a pandemic and it’s all a big hoax.

While we’re supposed to be trying to contain the virus, everywhere seems to be in turmoil – from racial tensions and political struggles to worries about how the planet is going to survive.

It’s only going to survive if we stop putting our own agenda first, start concentrating on the bigger picture, and join together to create a better world for everybody.

The picture above was taken in a nuclear bunker in Berlin several years ago, and this is how people could be living in the future if we don’t get our act together.

The song Eve of Destruction was released by Barry McGuire in 1965.  Nothing’s changed has it – or maybe it has – perhaps we’re getting even closer.

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22 thoughts on “Eve of Destruction

  1. Toonsarah

    I would like to think you are being overly pessimistic but there do seem to be more challenges facing our race than there are solutions at the moment. I do believe we’ll get through this pandemic in due course, but I worry what our societies will look like at that point. I would have hoped fighting this common enemy would have brought us closer together but in many places around the world that appears to be far from the case, sadly 🙁 But did you read Larry (Sampson)’s recent post about Pollyanna and the ‘Glad Game’? Maybe we should all try to play that more often and set the tone for a world in which we can all find the silver linings, however bad things seem 🙂

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  2. Alli Templeton

    Well said, Malc, and so right. I could write an extended essay on this myself. Humanity will be it’s own undoing, and I reckon it’s not that far away now unless there’s some seismic change in its outlook. It’s a very sad thing to say, but I’m actually hoping my kids won’t have children, because the future looks so dark I wouldn’t want to expose another generation of my family to the worsening rot, and maybe even the end. I think it was Stephen Hawking that said the human race has probably only got around another 100 years to run. We’ve often said that the one comfort in this ‘Eve of Destruction’ is that the Earth will recover and bloom long after we’ve gone.

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    1. Easymalc Post author

      I have to be honest Alli, I hesitate to write about things from the heart on these pages, but in a way I’m glad I have because it helps get things off my chest. These days, it’s very difficult to communicate on news and social media forums without remarks coming back that just makes things worse. Freedom of speech is fundamental to our civilized way of life, but it has to come with respect for others – and just to prove my point, when I said this to someone recently he immediately unfriended me. No doubt he thinks he can say what he likes to who he likes and if hurts their feelings then tough. I can happily do without friends like that.

      As long as there are people like you who also care about people’s feelings, the world in general, and just being a decent human being, then there’s hope for us yet. Thank you for being a real friend Alli.

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      1. Alli Templeton

        I think that’s my problem with social media, and also what’s going wrong with society maybe even as a result of social media. There’s not much respect or consideration around now. Because of the lack of actual face-to-face contact, people really do feel they can say what they like to whoever they like irrespective of how it hurts feelings. They hide behind the ubiquitous ethereal barrier of the internet, cloaked in anonymity. And yes, ‘friends’ like that are no friends at all, so they’re no loss.

        The only real way forward for humanity is to learn to be a different kind of human. But it’s nice to know there are some genuine and decent people out there, like you. 🙂

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        1. Easymalc Post author

          You’ve just explained exactly how I feel about the way society has changed. You’ve put it so well. The shame is that social media can be really worthwhile and for some people it’s been a lifeline, but when it’s misused it has the opposite effect.

          Thank you for the compliment. I’m not perfect by any means, (as I’m constantly being told ) 🙂 but I like to think I’m a decent human being – just as I know you are. 🙂

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          1. Alli Templeton

            None of us is perfect, Malc. I’m hopelessly flawed, but I, too, like to think I’m a decent human being and I’d never behave like your ‘unfriend’. I suppose social media and the internet are like so many things. They are just there, and can be used for good or bad. Sadly, with the way things have gone, the latter is very prevalent and the fact that it’s all so impersonal encourages that.

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              1. Alli Templeton

                Oh, me too. And besides, if I ever did meet a truly perfect person I probably wouldn’t like them, because they’d be boring – which makes them imperfect anyway! 😀

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                1. Easymalc Post author

                  LOL. Well said. I only need to look in the mirror to remind myself that I fall quite a way short 🙂

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  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera

    You’re quite right Malc, quite right. What will destroy us as a civilisation won’t be a virus disease, it will be the disease of cowardliness, of selfishness and of laziness. If people don’t begin to wake up and realise we’re being turned into sheep and taken to the slaughter, we will end up in a bunker but it’ll be a prison. Great song and great post my friend. Wishing you a lovely weekend! All the best,
    Francesc

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    1. Easymalc Post author

      Thanks for those wise words Francesc. We mustn’t give up hope though.
      Hope you had a great holiday by the way,

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      1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera

        It was great to get away and enjoy the beach, Malc, July and August were very hot months in Valencia this year, so it was refreshing. Now the weather is more tolerable. Hope you’re well and fine and ready for a smashing weekend my friend!

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        1. Easymalc Post author

          Great! Looking forward to a boat trip on Sunday with my daughter. A delayed Father’s Day treat 🙂

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  4. Odiseya

    I notice that too, Malc. It is not only physical health and protection then mental issues too. I believe that issues we will be faced in near future is beyond of our imagination.

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  5. TheRamblingWombat

    Spot on Malc. Too many entitled people who are too dumb to realise they will be paying for this for a long time. Lots of causes doing great damage to their causes. Sadly the people doing the right thing are the ones suffering though.

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    1. Easymalc Post author

      I’m sure that many people feel the same as us Albert but we’re only as strong as the weakest link unfortunately

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