The Big Disappointment

It’s official: Based on available data, the resolution to the Fermi Paradox is simply that intelligent life does not exist in the universe at this time.

Life that thinks it’s intelligent does, though. But based on our observations, it has a long way to go. The universe can relax; Earthlings aren’t likely to be a problem to anyone but themselves.

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13 responses to “The Big Disappointment

  • Wyrd Smythe

    I can wrap my head around the idea of people being so pissed off (and so ignorant) that they’d vote for him in 2016. But after four years of his bullshit, voting for him again is a clear message that many Americans are obviously as racist, as boorish, as ignorant, as hateful, as fascist, and as fucking stupid, as their chosen “hero.”

    The 2020 election makes one thing clear: The American Experiment is both over and a failure. You fuckers apparently have exactly the America you want. I hope you choke on it.

  • Wyrd Smythe

    All my life I’ve lived in a world where most people seem a little slow to me. I just didn’t realize they were this fucking stupid. Based on who the human race seems to be, I genuinely don’t see much of a future for us.

    All those dreams of space exploration? Not going to happen. Not unless we pull our heads out of our stupid asses and get our shit together.

  • Wyrd Smythe

    I encountered someone online about a week ago. Seemed intelligent and in possession of a sense of history, but was apparently undecided and actually seriously considering voting for Cheeto Charlie.

    Why? Because the idiot lived in Oregon — hotbed of left wing nuttery. This guy was so turned off to the extremism of those wing nuts he was going to, essentially, vote against those who offended him.

    He’s a fucking idiot if he went with that thinking. Talk about what the fuck is wrong with people? (Like, how do intelligent people turn anti-vaxxer? How is that even possible? See what I mean about lack of intelligent life here?)

    He’s unhappy with a handful of trees and completely missing the forest. This is not an apples and oranges comparison. He’s entitled to his opinion and his vote, but I think he’s a fucking idiot if he didn’t cast that all important vote against evil and the destruction of the values we used to “hold dear” (or at least paid lip service to — we don’t even really pretend anymore).

  • Anonymole

    Oregonian (transplant) here, and I can say that due to this state’s deep blue color, we voted for science, secularism and sanity.

    The fact that 50% of the population voted for the IBI (incoherent bloviating imbecile) only goes to show that the standard distribution of IQ is firmly in place… 50% of the population has an IQ less than 100 — Drumpf supporters the lot.

    If Dickwad in Chief actually steals this election, then i can see a mass exodus occurring. It’ll be officially over.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      It’s amazing (and depressing) isn’t it? We humans have such a wide range of intellect and we take such strange notions into our heads rent- and question-free. I’m definitely thinking about where else I’d like to live.

      How did we sink so far? Was it the video games? I think it was the video games… 😐

      • Anonymole

        I posted recently on this.
        One of these factors, I think, is our general failure to understand how society works.
        This post has holes, but it illustrates the idea: https://anonymole.com/2020/10/31/a-progressive-argument-to-battle-your-conservative-friends/

        The stupid half got used to all the *free* stuff — stuff they pay for and which benefits them — but fail to realize the bigger picture. Things like immigrants, healthcare, taxing the rich — all the obvious features society needs to become truly civilized. “Naw, I ain’t payin’ for that!” — idiots.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        A “got mine” self-centered narcissism is definitely part of the problem and so is the failure to see any big picture. I’ve long argued that one of the root causes is the death of a Liberal Arts education. It’s in the study of literature, history, and art, that opens the mind and presents age-tested normative values. A huge part of literature and art is encoding those social norms — what has worked and what has led to disaster. History only repeats because we ignore it.

        I think one sad truth is that the human race just hasn’t evolved intellectually quite enough. Per a favorite Jimmy Buffett song, we’ve been taken out of the oven too soon and are half-baked.

        (Hmmmm. That bad kind of half-baked, not the good kind. 😉 )

      • Anonymole

        (giggle — half baked)

        Or physics grads going into finance to game the markets. AI built, not to solve man’s dilemmas, but to create trading strategies and advertising schemes – A/B testing to garner more clicks. I agree — foundational education rather than cosmetic pursuits of vanity and celebrity. “Look at me, I’m a BoobToob czar.”

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Yep, that’s humans for you. The best, worst, and downright weirdest thing to happen to the Earth.

  • SelfAwarePatterns

    This is actually the election I was expecting a year ago: a very close nail biter. It looked like the pandemic had changed things. And the damn polling industry didn’t help. Well, here we are.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      It’s tragic to me how the last four years have so thoroughly validated concerns I’ve been voicing for the last four decades. And that sinking feeling I got in 2016 has only gotten worse — we sink lower each day this bullshit is normalized. The election was just just icing on a cake that’s been baking for a long time.

  • Wyrd Smythe

    Still processing that 70.9 million Americans voted for dishonesty, fascism, racism, ignorance, boorishness, disregard for the rule of law, financial greed, fear, and hatred. I’ll say it again: this isn’t a matter of taste or opinion; this is a matter of recognizing and rejecting evil.

    That many of those almost 71 million call themselves “Christians” is, perhaps, the most appalling of all. Every single one of them is a fraud and a hypocrite. They essentially voted for a wannabe anti-Christ.

    And I am really trying to wrap my head around how it’s possible my oldest friend, someone I’ve known since high school, voted for, and apparently supports, evil. It would seem that, as a woman, as a mother, as a Christian, and as an American, she would have four times the reason to reject nearly every aspect of that monster.

    Shit-covered raisins. Some people really like the raisins.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      It isn’t just that they’re fine with the dishonesty, racism, hatred, and fear mongering; it’s that they’re fine with over a quarter-million people who’ve died from COVID. Social polarization has taken us way too far down the rabbit hole.

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