The only thing worse than apocalyptic stories are people who legitimately argue we haven’t hit the Great Filter yet. Seriously, have you even looked at our history? We’ve been trying to wipe ourselves out for centuries and last time I checked, we’re still here. We’re cockroaches, the only thing we’re good at is surviving. I’m not saying nuclear wars or epidemics or what have you couldn’t drastically reduce our population at some point, but short of some crazy astronomical event that totally obliterated Earth, sit down, oh ye of little faith.
This shit makes me so mad, I was going to do an entire rant on how I don’t like post-apocalyptic zombie stuff like Walking Dead because it’s ‘so pessimistic’, but shit, even that involves people surviving impossible odds. It’s post-apocalyptic. Cockroaches.
I was explaining the idea that it’s weird we haven’t been contacted yet to my mom, and she looked me straight in the face and said, ‘well, we aren’t interstellar yet.’ Thank you, mom. There are so many other factors in this equation, why the hell do we have to jump straight to morbid apocalyptic theories??
Ugh, my mom always comes home with stories about how so-and-so in one of her classes just got a full-ride scholarship to such-and-such prestigious university, and it always devolves into a conversation about how a lot of the essays submitted to these things are heavily edited by people other than the student. I’m a damn super senior humanities major, and I’m still shocked by the amount of basically remedial writing instruction we still have to go through to get people caught up in upper division courses. I’m not saying the kids who get these things don’t necessarily deserve them, but I find it ironic that universities spend so much time warning against plagiarism while happily accepting essays that don’t accurately reflect the writing ability of that student.
I’ve said this multiple times now, but I’d really love to see what would happen to the university system if we prohibited editing and proctored scholarship and college entrance essay writing.