Kristófer Reykjalín

The End of History

Published on August 15, 2020.

In “The End of History” [non-YouTube link] Kyle Hill talks about how we live on the brink of extinction to prevent an all-out nuclear war. I found the video to be an interesting, and thoughtful, take on this weird situation we find ourselves in, and the whole mutually assured destruction doctrine.

It’s both amazing to think about the power we as a species wield, and terrifying to think about how easy it would be to cause our own extinction. And I don’t think there’s a word strong enough to describe the terror I feel when thinking about how close we’ve come several times. Governments around the world need to think really, really, hard about whether this is sustainable.

Is whatever conflict that happens to be “the biggest threat of your time™” really worth not just your and your opponent’s existence, but also the majority of life on earth?