Bill Hamblin and I published the following column in the Deseret News on Friday, 16 August 2019:
This is an interesting, sobering, and provocative article:
And, in a different way, these articles too are sobering:
In its fashion, this is a related article:
If so, consider reading this article about some of the world’s supervolcanos:
Continuing in the same deliciously doom and gloom vein: From the time that I was a teenager, I loved a song called “The Merry Minuet” that I heard on an album (Live at the hungry i) by The Kingston Trio. The album was recorded in 1958 at the legendary hungry i club in San Francisco:
They’re rioting in Africa, they’re starving in Spain.
There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch.
And I don’t like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil, and thankful, and proud,
For mans’ been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off, and we will all be blown away.
They’re rioting in Africa, there’s strife in Iran.
What nature doesn’t do to us, will be done by our fellow man.
Here’s a later rendition of it — I couldn’t find the one that originally heard — that I don’t like as much:
Curiously, I suppose, one of the takeaways from both the Kingston Trio song and the “Silent Cosmos” article is how little has changed, humanly speaking, over the years.