We are Doomed: Scott Erickson
Humanity has many lessons that they have not really learned and some they have ignored. Are we doomed to failure as a human race, or have we already come to that point? “ Humanity is a war against life?” According to the author this war against life is what is responsible for environmental destruction, the impending economic college, the rising cost of living, war, political dysfunction, fundamentalism and the resurgence of fascist impulses including: the election of Trump! What are the bad things that cannot be explained by humanity’s war against life: how about bad fashion choices? What do you think are some of the things we need to fix before we are totally doomed? Is Humanity Dumb? The idea might not be4 controversial to you, personally , he says because you can think or interpret it as Everybody else is dumb but how smart are you? On page 9 try and answer the questions and the answer are at the end of the chapter.
Each chapter discusses his viewpoints on different aspects of life like in Chapter 3 he talks about a philosophy of life based on life: Just what the meaning of life? I will let you find out yourself. He even talks about other important issues related to health, a short review of the history of ethics, and my favorite the Golden Rule.
After reading this book I realized the author sums it all up in the last chapter starting with Let us save the world! We can live meaningfully by changing our civilization, so it stops doing that. We can engage in this think called activism to make our civilization life-changing instead of lie destroying. He explains more in the next paragraph about why he used to do activism but not so much, but he still feels align with those of an activist he knew years ago.
Told with humor, sarcasm, irony and unique ways of explaining how to deal with our impending doom, is humanity determined to exterminate itself? He says maybe if we separate ourselves assist watch humanity from a distance we will realize: Humanity is getting what is coming to them. It is possible his state that with a bit of detachment and an inclination toward dark humor to conclude that the number of people that support their own self-destruction is precisely equal to the number of people that deserve it.
Is he saying that we should just give up? Do People really think it is okay to go extinct? Find out when you read pages 296-297.
The author makes some valid points that you can learn from after reading how we are doomed and what you can do to save yourself at least: The get way to cope with a life-dying culture is to affirm life to the best of your abilities. In the big picture he states we are doomed so focus on the little picture. Focus on the difference you can make in your own personal life. And do something life-enhancing every moment. With the world so confusing and life not normal as we used to know it why not make every interaction life affirming and into this leave every interaction better than you found it. Add insight and humor. Whatever the situation calls for make it more alive and a more expression of life. If you really contemplate and realize the truth about humanity you will realize Humanity has created amazing things and will continue to create amazing things. So, do not give up, celebrate life and embrace all you do and as he closes; the last paragraph says it all. Learn about the opposite of life, the roots of war, babies and kids and crisis management on a sinking ship and much more. There are so many life lessons that you can learn and some that you might want to unlearn after reading this book.
But, at the end you the reader will decide which chapters will help you most to understand whether you agree or disagree with the author’s title of WE’RE DOOMED? ARE WE? Author Scott Erickson gives much pause of tons of thought, laughter, tears, humor and the wildest definition of life and its good and bad.
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