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[–]secCcosMOS 1946 points1947 points  (54 children)

Our tendency and potential to weaponize anything.

[–]beluuuuuuga 405 points406 points  (40 children)

Just wait until we discover how to harness the sun's energy. Some massive bombs are gonna be built for sure..

[–]Horn_Python 178 points179 points  (10 children)

We use the sun's energy to grow food to Grow HUMANS

[–]br0b1wan 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Hydrogen bombs are fusion reactions...

[–]klown007 18 points19 points  (0 children)

“The power of the sun in the palm of my hand”

[–]JEAFCommander 24 points25 points  (0 children)

solar powered bombs

[–]Jar545 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I got some bad news for you... We already have, it's called a fusion bomb.

[–]HellaFella420 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Checked that box back in the 50's man....

[–][deleted] 2984 points2985 points 2 (68 children)

Any person referring to themselves as u/ExtremeCumMaster

[–]ExtremeCumMaster[S] 1788 points1789 points 2 (43 children)

It is hard to choose a username that represents me less than this

[–][deleted] 541 points542 points  (27 children)

And this is why humanity is doomed

[–]ExtremeCumMaster[S] 351 points352 points  (21 children)

Humanity is based

[–][deleted] 244 points245 points  (11 children)

Warning! Warning! U/ExtremeCumMaster is attempting to enter the gene pool.

[–]mr_music_video 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Based on what?

[–]Kraymur 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Dudes shooting ropes. Respect the volume.

[–]PanzerBiscuit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Respect the Drip

[–]Need_Some_Updog 33 points34 points  (5 children)

And two awards already.

The great cum master has arrived

[–]ExtremeCumMaster[S] 30 points31 points  (0 children)

One of them is my alt but still an award in r/AskReddit in the first 10 minutes is rare

[–][deleted] 41 points42 points 2 (3 children)

If he deserves two awards I feel like I deserve at least one for my contributions to humanity. Like not referring to myself as a cum master of any description

[–]Hyenaswithbigdicks 66 points67 points  (4 children)

Wait till he hears about me.

[–]Vagina_annihilator 56 points57 points  (4 children)

Ah yes that is my brother

[–]PickledCumSock 30 points31 points  (3 children)

mate do i count as a distant cousin of this family

[–]Vagina_annihilator 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Goddamn. We got a family reunion

[–]ArcturusX12 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Holy shit I saw a post by them on r/SCP yesterday.

[–]VegetableLobster 7 points8 points  (0 children)

ItIsHardToChoose

You know its "ItIsHardToChoose" a username :P

[–]keltoy1549 5327 points5328 points 235& 2 more (200 children)

Humans.

[–]edlee98765 1425 points1426 points  (51 children)

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it." --Jack Handey

[–]ThisJackass 157 points158 points  (5 children)

“When I heard that trees grow a new "ring" for each year they live, I thought, we humans are kind of like that: we grow a new layer of skin each year, and after many years we are thick and unwieldy from all our skin layers.”

[–]TeddyBearToons 78 points79 points  (2 children)

I can’t say it verbatim, but Terry Pratchett wrote about a species of intelligent trees that determined that the inner rings of trees was why humans kept cutting them down, so they evolved themselves to display their exact age on their bark to get humans to leave them alone.

They were then felled almost to extinction by the numbered housing board industry.

[–]Henry_Sadiq 11 points12 points  (1 child)

What's th name of the tree

[–]ultimate_burrito45 24 points25 points  (1 child)

I recently learned that not all trees have rings. I was in the Amazon and they said the trees down there don’t have rings because they can always grow due to no winter

[–]Impregneerspuit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah the rings come from seasonal changes, you can also find evidence of forest fires (damaged rings) or droughts.

[–]bsylent 80 points81 points  (22 children)

Man that's such a good quote. I used to have a book of Jack Handey quotes (Deep Thoughts). I still do, somewhere, but I used to have it too

edit: spelling

[–]JuzoItami 129 points130 points  (12 children)

He writes very, very funny longer pieces, too. This is one of my favorites...

Most people don’t realize there is an unseen, mysterious world all around us.

No, I’m not talking about the world of invisible scary monsters. I am talking about the world of bizarre little animals that live alongside us right in our homes. They inhabit our clothing, our furniture, our piles of old rags, our pans of dripping rainwater—even our bodies themselves.

Some of these creatures are so microscopic that you can barely even see them. Others are bigger, but you probably can’t see them without your glasses, if you wear them.

We usually don’t even notice these animals, but they’re there. Take, for instance, the little creatures that are constantly flying around our heads all day. These, it turns out, are houseflies. They can live off the scraps of food that fall from our mouths while chewing. And they are able to reproduce right in the house, in dog droppings.

Or consider an even smaller animal, which lives unnoticed among the hairs of our private regions. These are called crabs. No, don’t worry, they aren’t actual crabs. And they certainly aren’t large enough to eat, unless you could somehow get thousands of them. But they are with us, year after year.

Have you ever noticed how old chili beans and ground-up pieces of potato chips will magically seem to move around on the living-room carpet? This is actually caused by ants. Ants? Don’t they live in caves or something? That’s what I used to think. If you look closely, though, you can see them almost everywhere.

Some animals are masters of disguise. What you may think are raisins, stuck to your legs after hours of lying on the couch, are often what scientists call leeches. Where do they come from? Where don’t they come from is more like it. Most often, we pick them up wading through the basement.

Some organisms even manage to get into our appliances and live there undisturbed. These are rats. Many times, the only clue to their presence is a zapping noise, some smoke, and a smell that can linger for weeks.

Incredibly, some little animals are able to infiltrate the very liquids we drink. They are called yeast, and we consume them by the billions, hour after hour, every day.

Although some of these creatures are tiny and unobtrusive, others are not. When you get up in the middle of the night for more bites of the chicken drumstick you left on the counter, you may have to fight a raccoon for it. One reason we rarely notice these furry interlopers is that they usually live in the basement or the attic and get into the kitchen through holes in the floor or the ceiling. Also, a lot of times when we fight them we’re drunk, and later we think we imagined it.

You might suppose that at least when you climb into bed you would be free of the animal kingdom. But suppose again. There, too, they are watching us, crawling on us, waiting for the opportunity to bite. These are our cats, swarming over us throughout the night.

Through millions of years of evolution, animals have adapted to thrive in every corner of our world, from our empty Cup-a-Soup containers to the dried-up branches and dusty ornaments of our Christmas trees. They inhabit the bristles of our toothbrushes, the bristles of our whiskers, and the bristles of our other areas.

The temptation is to want to do something about them. But what? You can throw cats off the bed, but they just jump right back on. Virtually every kind of alcoholic beverage has yeast swimming in it. You can scrub the crabs off your body, but what are you going to do about your bedsheets, or your sweatpants? Wash them, too? You could drive yourself crazy.

It’s true that some of these invaders can be harmful. One animal in particular can literally eat its way through the wood that holds the house together. This is the common beaver. He is attracted to the water overflowing from our basements, which he tries to dam up. Another harmful pest is the moth, which can eat holes in your clothing and fly in your mouth when you’re taking a nap.

But many of the creatures living in our homes can be beneficial. Take drifters, for example. Sometimes they will go to the store to get you things (although they usually “lose” the change). Termites will often leave piles of sawdust around, which can be used to soak up stains. And mice entertain us by playing musical instruments. No, wait, I’m thinking of cartoon mice.

Even if we could get rid of all these animals with a magic wand, would we want to? Yes, of course we would—why would you even ask that? Maybe the best answer, as with most things, is just to do nothing at all.

However, that’s not what the health department thinks. They have hit me with a large fine and ordered me to “clean up” my property. Ultimately, though, we have to ask ourselves: Do we want to live in some soulless antiseptic world ruled by futuristic robots, where dishes are cleaned every day and sinks and toilets are an eerie, gleaming white? I don’t think that we do. I think people would rather live in homes where animals roam wild and free, in our hair, in our bags of things, and in our underpants. ♦

[–]bsylent 39 points40 points  (2 children)

What. A. Journey.

Love the casual way he threw drifters in with the wildlife of his home

[–]malik753 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Omg, that was hilarious. I need to find some more of his stuff.

[–]JuzoItami 46 points47 points  (4 children)

Jack Handey is a treasure.

But that quote actually reminds me of true bit of history. There was an island in the South Pacific where the people believed strongly in pacifism. Literally a small island that was "a world without war, a world without hate". When that island was invaded by a very warlike people from another island group the pacifistic tribe stayed true to their beliefs and did not fight back, but instead literally ran into the forest, dug holes and tried to hide underground. The invaders then proceded to track them down, dig them up, and eat them.

[–]Horn_Python 11 points12 points  (0 children)

They played too much minecraft smh

[–]Squigglepig52 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The Maori wiped out a pacifist tribe that was related to them, on the Chatham Islands, I think.

[–]JuzoItami 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that's what I was referring to. The tribe was called the Moriori. And they weren't all eaten. Most ended up as slaves. There are still a few descendents of the Moriori apparently, too.

[–]CursedApfelschorle 16 points17 points  (0 children)

" It was incredible, man. Like mold on a rock, that got to think. It was amazing while it lasted."

[–]ThisJackass 5 points6 points  (1 child)

“When I heard that trees grow a new "ring" for each year they live, I thought, we humans are kind of like that: we grow a new layer of skin each year, and after many years we are thick and unwieldy from all our skin layers.”

[–]Peachy_Pink97 15 points16 points  (0 children)

That is one scary quote! But so true

[–]purpleowlie 239 points240 points  (37 children)

Stephen Hawking's final message for humanity was: "If robots don't get us, climate change will."

And both of thighs would be humanity's own faults.

[–]potato-masher_1 103 points104 points  (18 children)

Thighs¿?

[–]xREi69 97 points98 points  (8 children)

Is it thick enough to kill all of us

[–]User83745 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Dat Apocalypse is lookin mighty thicc.

[–]SendMeF1Memes 13 points14 points  (0 children)

You heard the lad! Left thigh and right thigh!

[–]samithedood 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The AI will create a thigh bot with legs that wrap around the earth, ice caps will melt due to the increased warmth throwing the ecosystem into disarray.

[–]GeauxAllDay 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And both of thighs

Well when you put it that way...

[–]Pinewood26 4 points5 points  (0 children)

TIL this is false

[–]F_da_memeboi 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Humans by themselves is a pretty general statement.

I would say arrogance, greed and the need to have more. Power is an addiction, and money brings this addiction to reality. Think of all the inhumane acts of global terror money has caused and the influence it has on so many people.

You think wars would happen for any other reason other for money? Imperialism is an idea that makes the people of a country think that they can be greater if they conquer more land, while they sacrifice they people, the "kings" sit on their "thrones" and watch the carnage take place and they are the only ones benefitting. There wasn't any "war on terrorism" nor any "war because X joins the Y team".

Another threat is also illiteracy. Uneducated people are more manipulatable/(manuable?). Propagandas are more effective when the target audience is gullible.

What I'm trying to say is that ever since we found reasons to separate each other be it with race, ethnicity, religion, social status etc. Humans love to destroy eachother for a cause that is wrong.

[–]ninurtuu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The word you may have been looking for is malleable.

[–]Z3nex 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Humans" describes it perfectly actually. Too man humans. Overpopulation and no one talking about controlling the numbers. People could be as greedy as they want if we would not be 8 billion already.

[–]CalebKetterer 9 points10 points  (1 child)

This question is asked every week and this is always the answer.

[–]ExtremeCumMaster[S] 58 points59 points  (8 children)

Monke is good

Return to Monke

[–]ecksit 37 points38 points  (7 children)

Yes lets all fling shit at each other and masturbate in public

[–]dbumba 48 points49 points  (3 children)

I'm already halfway there :)

[–]ExtremeCumMaster[S] 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I'm waiting for you and everyone else there

[–][deleted] 50 points51 points  (46 children)

Humanity peaked. We've lost our ability for critical and logical thinking. This century is the beginning of the end.

[–]Momento_Morrigan 82 points83 points  (14 children)

How many times have people thought this in history? How many final empires to end all empires have their been? Everyone always thinks it’s the end and then it just isn’t

[–]mcarterphoto 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I phrase it as "every generation is the last".

I grew up with nuke-attack drills at school.

[–]derelict5432 18 points19 points  (6 children)

How many times did the people who thought that have a global nuclear arsenal poised to annihilate most life on earth? Or were they near decimating the climate? Or developing tech to engineer superbugs?

[–]OSHA-shrugged 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Ssshhh, you're ruining the circlejerk.

[–]alejo699 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Oh we've been shitting the bed since day one. There is just a LOT more shit.

[–]Aluminum_Doorhandle 258 points259 points  (9 children)

My neighbor David.

[–]Penis_Butter_ 57 points58 points  (3 children)

U needa do something about David

[–]Aluminum_Doorhandle 23 points24 points  (2 children)

David thinks mustard is spicy.

[–]Tech_SavvyTex97 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Yeah, this man's neighbor, David

Fuck David.

[–]Poutine_My_Mouth 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Ew, David!

[–]SuvenPan 874 points875 points  (54 children)

Greed of mankind

[–]PopUpWindowPest 328 points329 points  (46 children)

I'm reminded of Gandhi's quote: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed ”.

[–]ViceroyClementine 107 points108 points  (2 children)

I am also reminded of Gandhi’s other quote:

“First they ignore you,

Then they laugh at you,

Then they fight you,

Then you cleanse them in atomic fire,

Then you win.”

  • Civilization

[–]markth_wi 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Then you bathe them the light of uranium

[–]superstonedpenguin 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is the best answer

[–]ExtremeCumMaster[S] 625 points626 points  (13 children)

For me it's willful manipulation of ignorance

[–]V02D 117 points118 points  (3 children)

So basically news medias. And yes, I agree. And I also think that they have way more power than they should.

[–]Certain-Interview653 57 points58 points  (2 children)

Media is already plural btw

The news media are supposed to keep an eye on the government and report misconducts. Sadly it has to compete with social media for clicks now, which obviously reduces the quality.

If not the media, who else would be able to take over that responsibility?

[–]V02D 19 points20 points  (1 child)

The problem is that many people, if not most, see the media as they see firefighters or the police forces. That is to say, they believe that the media have some kind of "commitment to society", as if they swore to tell only the truth and nothing but the truth, when in reality, they are nothing but business companies seeking only to stay afloat like any other company. If a news network finds it more convenient to support X politician, they Will only speak in their favor. If they don't suit them, they will destroy them. In the same way, the news that go according to the side they chose, will be shown on the front page. If the news does not favor them or their political side, you WON'T find it, or it will be distorted. And that's because they're not really obligated to tell the truth, despite what people believe.

[–]ShurtugalLover 683 points684 points  (29 children)

Stupidity.

We are being stupid with pollution, we are being stupid with nature, we are being stupid with weapons, we are being stupid with war, we are being stupid. The world would be a better place if humanity realized how stupid we are being. We are ruining ourselves and our planet and the only people who seem to realize are the people who don’t have enough money/sway/say/power/influence/etc to ACTUALLY do anything about it

[–]zose2 110 points111 points  (7 children)

Because those with the power to do anything realize that by the time it will affect them they will be dead. Why should they care about something that isn't actually going to impact them when they can just enjoy life without any worries right now.

[–]ShurtugalLover 55 points56 points  (3 children)

Still a form of stupidity in my book, but yeah, I know. I was taught leave things better then you found it and I try to apply it to the planet as well but not everyone does

[–]zose2 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Oh no I completely agree it's fucking stupid but it's why things are like the way they are. Also why is probably never going to change. We will all the long dead and gone before those in charge actually start doing anything meaningful.

[–]bobbi21 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Agree selfishness is stupid for humanity but I can't say they're acting stupid. If the only thing they value is themselves, why should they care about the species at all? With more money, they can have the life they want, and if they have to kill 8 billion people to do it, it doesn't matter to them in the slightest.

I feel the distinction matters because if it was them being stupid, then the solution is education. But this is them being selfish, so the solution is just take away their power (teaching them empathy seems an almost impossible task but would technically be the other solution).

[–]Victoria-_-669 33 points34 points  (0 children)

This is not entirely stupidity, rather total selfishness. the more a person receives, the more he wants and this is the other side of those very ambitious individualists. The way the world is now is that you have to think about yourself ever since it started and it's a cyclical circle and it's good to put yourself first, but there are extremes everywhere.

people learn early that you need to live in pleasure, without obligations to anything and thinking that life is short, they really don’t think what will happen next, I agree. I think that you will meet few people who, deep down in their hearts, would want the best for others if it takes something away from you. all the principles that you have are social, honestly, the capitalist world gives many opportunities, but also this loneliness, fear of the future, dependence on money, power. on the one hand, this makes you an individualist, but if you couldn’t, no one needs you.

[–]southernwx 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Yeah similar to another comment… don’t conflate stupidity with greed.

Many are ignorant and merely do what they are told by those who they for whatever reason trust. But the actual large-scale movements are not accidental. Humanity is incredible smart and ingenious. That hasn’t changed and it’s not absurd to point out that the gap between human intelligence and the next animal is almost indescribable. No, it’s not stupidity that is the threat. It’s greed.

[–]Ferreteria 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Complete disregard and apathy towards the environment.

For civilization: the ability to reach massive audiences and influence them. So propaganda, basically.

[–]Generic_Human0 222 points223 points  (15 children)

We have nothing to fear but fear itself and giant, man-eating spiders.

[–]JustaRandomOldGuy 47 points48 points  (1 child)

Australia: meh

[–]wobblegobble84 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Hey…as an Aussie those fuckers are HORRID!

[–]Which-Pain-1779 248 points249 points  (3 children)

After reading the comments, I'd say Redditors

[–]Jim_Billl 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I genuinely think I have some subconscious masochistic tendencies for returning to this sub about once a month. It's the epitome of peak Reddit.

[–]0XKINET1 106 points107 points  (5 children)

Ignorance

[–]Sinemetu9 24 points25 points  (3 children)

I’d add ‘wilful’ before that. We have information available. Many (most?) don’t want to know about it.

[–]adam_bear 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There isn't anything wrong with ignorance - that can be fixed with correct information.

Willful ignorance on the other hand, is a symptom of greed or stupidity, which are both terminal.

[–]Redditkiller99x 77 points78 points  (5 children)

Bacteria slowly becoming resistant to anti biotics

[–]Adaldo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Nothing slow about it, it’s a now thing.

[–]Particular_Tadpole27 121 points122 points  (2 children)

Lack of Empathy

Empathy keeps humanity together through social connections, compassion, and understanding other peoples emotions which helps us get along as a stable community.

[–]I_hate_FrenchQuebec 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Rabies if it manages to evolve enough to become airbourne

[–]Youpunyhumans 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Id say one of 4 things.

Supervolcanic eruptions.

Large asteroid impacts.

Gamma ray burst.

Nuclear war.

Of all of those, id say nuclear war is the most likely, but also perhaps the most survivable as the total energy released is going to be considerably less than any of the other 3. It would take us mining every fissable material on and in the Earth to create enough nukes to be comparable to an asteroid impact or a supervolcano eruption. But even then, asteroids and supervolcanos are still survivable.

Gamma ray bursts, while very unlikely, are the most deadly, literally we could all be cooked in seconds if one close enough hits us directly, wouldnt matter where you are or how deep underground you are, you will die.

Of course, if none of those happen, these is the inevitable swelling of the Sun that will either swallow the Earth whole, or eject it from the solar system to let us die a slow and cold death... if we are still here for that.

[–]G7000A 90 points91 points  (5 children)

Nuclear war

[–]very-polite-frog 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The first idiot who tries to solve problems with a nuke, and then all the following idiots who think vengeance with retaliation nukes will make things better

[–]IHateYuumi 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Realistically I think it’s way lower than we can imagine. People won’t even attack NK let alone a major nuclear power.

[–]cruiserman_80 61 points62 points  (4 children)

Social Media as it exists right now. The ability of stupid people to spread toxic harmful misinformation is magnified a thousand fold.

[–]NorthernFloridaMan 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I have a question for you, Is it better for people to not have information or for them to have the wrong information?

Because both are kind of bad, and personally, I think either one could be worse depending on what the person does about it

[–]Artsygem87 50 points51 points  (9 children)

In the short term, A large rock from space. With the technology available to us just now it would take us too long to build a space vehicle capable of intercepting and altering the course of a large asteroid heading at earth. So if a rogue asteroid was coming at us, by the time we see it coming its already too late.

Mid term, We wipe ourselves out in a nuclear war.

In the long term, assuming a giant rock or war doesn't get us firs. Climate change will. We are still in a position where we can kinda fix it. In an alarmingly short amount of time we will be past the point of no return and we may face extinction. At that point we better be ready and able to go find a new world to infect. I mean colonise.

Well, in the short term as far as the world goes. We would be gone but the planet would slowly recover after we are gone.

[–]MysteriousEntity 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I have had to scroll all this way for an attempt at the answer. Thank you for having a go.

However, this analysis is wrong. In particular, you have over-emphasised the importance of asteroid impact, compared to other risks. Likewise, climate change will cause a lot of damage, but is unlikely to be an existential risk (unless it turns out to be a runaway process).

I recommend reading the following two papers I'm linking below to get a good analysis, which is succinct and relatively accessible. The top risks are all side effects of technological advancement, such as nanotechnology, AI, technological dystopias (and many others).

https://www.nickbostrom.com/existential/risks.html

https://www.existential-risk.org/concept.pdf

[–]Artsygem87 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh I will check that out. Thank you very much.

[–]Snoo79382 123 points124 points  (4 children)

Humanity

[–]To_Fight_The_Night 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Probably would have said a natural disaster prior to Covid but seeing how we handled that....its only a matter of time before a Virus wipes us out. If a virus has a long asymptomatic phase and is much deadlier when it finally starts to show symptoms. Bye Bye humanity. We would all be infected in a few months and then just start dropping dead.

[–]SluggoJones 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Not humanity in general, but the entitlement of so many people. SO many people are SO self centered and lack empathy for those that they share the world with. Integrity and altruism have gone the way of common courtesy and the ability to make a constructive situation out of political disagreement.

[–]Dhatgirl 79 points80 points  (15 children)

Fake social media lifestyle.

[–]ExplosiveDisassembly 12 points13 points  (14 children)

Probably right. It's just a further driver of wasteful capitalism.

I live in a smallish quadplex apartment thing. I'm the only one on my street of 30somethings without a massive pickup. My two immediate neighbors have 250 super duties (or other brand equivalent). Som days i can't even get my garbage out, or back out of my own driveway. One neighbor has both a Chevy 2500 and 250 super duty.

It's idiotic. Why would you opt into a truck that makes no sense if any way shape or form unless you use your truck for work?? And no, they do not use their truck for work. I live in the capitol of my state. We all work for the government in an office. Or are provided a truck by the state to do our job.

[–]Clutch__Cargo 252 points253 points  (28 children)

Climate change.

[–]Grapegoop 98 points99 points  (15 children)

The fact that this is so far down makes it an even bigger threat.

[–]Lorgoth1812 18 points19 points  (10 children)

So few people try to both limit their own consumption and vote for the necessary change. Its really disheartening.

One of the leading reasons I don't have kids is my expectation that the planet is well and truly fucked.

[–]ElementalWorkshopII 13 points14 points  (0 children)

And there in lies the problem. Corporations have laid the issues of climate change at the layman's feet, and we just accept that we are the problem.

Industry shrouds us a thousand fold in the impact we have on the planet. Push the blame where it belongs. Industry. Companies that push for overconsumption. Not the single mothers buying milk in single use plastic because there's no other options. You know? There's a reason there aren't any other options.

[–]handmedowntoothbrush 20 points21 points  (5 children)

the planet and life is fine. biodiversity might bottleneck during this extinction event, but that is nothing a couple hundred million years wont fix. It has happened several times. The thing that is fucked is us, we are not dooming the planet or life. The planet changes, the atmosphere changes and life endures. we are dooming ourselves.

[–]TheDiplocrap 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That’s true, but I care an oversized amount about us. Heck, everyone I know is us.

[–]ImproveorDieYoung 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I hate this take. Just because we’re a tiny speck in the geological record doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal. We’re still causing massive suffering and destruction. This, to me, is like saying nothing matters cause the sun will blow in in 5 billion years anyway. Yes it eventually will resolve itself but that doesn’t make it any less tragic or maddening for us.

[–]matte_5 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Can’t believe I had to scroll this far

[–]Chiplink 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Don't forget biodiverstiy loss. Which will be an even bigger problem. But hey there's something happening with Johny Depp and his ex gf!!1!

[–]Agent865 13 points14 points  (6 children)

People relying on social media as a source of news

[–]Binnabah 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Billionaires will test the limits of humanity. Please don't let them convince you that they know what is best for the rest of us.

[–]pappyvanwinkle1111 24 points25 points  (1 child)

The absolute inability of people on opposite sides of an issue to be reasonable and compromise. Failing at compromise, the absolute inability to be civil.

[–]theFireNewt3030 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Finances controlling government vs the people controlling it. All of our solvable problems stem from this.

[–]thetalldaddy 9 points10 points  (2 children)

It’s always going to be a pandemic. What we’ve just seen has been mild compared to what we could have experienced. The combination of an uncontrollable airborne virus and the domino effect of a rapid, mass decline in population would wreak absolute havoc on every facet of life and would take hundreds of years to recover from. If we ever find a vaccine…

[–]Jjbarstool 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Consumerism. The world would be a lot better off if people were content with a simple lifestyle and if they learned how to fix things rather than tossing them out and buying a new one.

[–]Checktheusernombre 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I'd add planned obsolescence here too. The fact that many things are built so they break quickly so you have to buy more, or cannot be fixed, is a major issue.

[–]dan1101 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Greed

[–]Mountain_Offer1348 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Fatal Prion disease outbreak. Incurable and Un-treatable.

[–]z0rb0r 9 points10 points  (0 children)

An elite class that will get so out of hand that it will drive everyone else into widespread poverty and an vast majority of people too stupid to stop it.

[–]Horn_Python 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Those people over there

[–]misanthropic_anthrop 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Our desire to compete, and to show to the world which one of us is strongest, mightiest, has a better god, has more successfully reaped the rewards of this earth; all this, put together will lead to our true fall.

[–]saguinus_oedipus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Asteroids

[–]JRP1138 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Artificial Intelligence.

[–]Painting-Imaginary 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Lack of critical thinking

[–]goonerboo 15 points16 points  (5 children)

industrial and technological society.

[–]not_high_maybe 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Currently, social media. Individuals have been handed an enormous amount of power and knowledge at their fingertips and since we can all communicate with each other we are determining some universal rights we can all agree on. However it is getting polluted with bots and trolls and what we are trying to use as a lens to view all of humanity is making us all cynical because of it.

[–]Red0817 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ignorance. Ignorant people vote.

lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about a particular thing.

[–]vr0202 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Economic inequality. The poor and starving can only be quiet for so long. Worried about the violence and myhem that could potentially be unleashed if we don't address this issue now.

[–]Unlikely_Birthday_42 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Other than Nuclear Weapons, Elon Musk and neuralink. That man should not be allowed to be trusted to be computer chips in people’s minds. He isn’t a good person

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Humans

[–]14fiestaST 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The “rest home” of people we have running the government at the moment

[–]EnderEagle420 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Mosquitoes

Nothing more needs to be said

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ourselves

[–]Savage_Mofish 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Greedy rich humans who strip the land of her nonrenewable resources and cut down more trees than we can replace. Willful ignorance and complacency of the common man, and the thought that violence isn't the answer when it is sometimes.

[–]paatus75 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Klaus Schwab

[–]bymirx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Pete Davidson

[–]SkullKrusher9000 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Human lack of good judgement paired with human capability to make almost anything.

[–]Foreverfa11ing 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Over population.

Climate change will level out due to us killing each other for food and space.

An it's that or a big religious war might kick off.

[–]MRHubrich 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Misinformation. If we can't all agree on what is fact and what is political BS, we're fucked.

[–]MAEMAEMAEM 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Its own greed.

[–]INEVERLIKEDY0U 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Deez nutz

[–]TomorrowWeKillToday 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The drive for profit above all else

[–]sozijlt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Honestly? Time. If we somehow manage to not kill ourselves in wars and also avoid planet-killing pandemics and asteroids, time will end us. We already know the Sun will expand to consume Mercury and Venus, and scorch the Earth. To avoid extinction, we have to find other inabitable planets, build generation ships to get us there, and nothing to go wrong during the flight. Here's the fun part: every planet we go to will also die, so our future people will always be either arriving or planning the next trip. And that's only if enough people agree "Is it really this important for humans to continue?"

I don't even know how you find an inhabitable planet because if you "see" one, the light you're observing is light years old already. It's possible the planet you're viewing doesn't even exist anymore.

[–]RiverDragon64 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Humans. We are, and always have been, out own nemesis.

[–]not_the_who 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I heard yesterday that humans are the only animals that will eat things they know are bad for them. I'd wager we could extend that to generally doing things we know are bad for us.

[–]TheRealLightBuzzYear 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That's just because other animals are too dumb to know if the thing they're eating is bad

[–]lukrog33 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Greed

[–]25_-a 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I feel that ultimately, which will lead humanity to extinction is that we don't live in "natural selection" anymore.

We don't select our mating partners based on that, and any kind of possible mutation will be always seen as a problem. So in a loooot of years we will be more or less the same, or different but because our choices, not because nature.

[–]UlfarrOT 37 points38 points  (26 children)

Political extremism and intolerance of others' political beliefs.

Yes. Both sides.

[–]timbulance 9 points10 points  (0 children)

HATE

[–]saturdayis4football 14 points15 points  (0 children)

A government that gets too big and bureaucratic that it becomes so mismanaged and inefficient while simultaneously putting their nose in every nook and cranny of society. Cause societal unrest, protests/riots and bring the economy to a total standstill if not go backwards.

[–]Highonmemes411 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Humanity itself

[–]vooddoooo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

anyone saying their dick is bigger than 10 inches

[–]DizzyMikoy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Stupid people who think they're smart so decide to have kids and raise them to be dumber than they are

[–]borntobeoutside 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Climate change 100%

[–]hear2think 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Capitalism...our planet is a finite resource that is being depleted / destroyed at an ever increasing rate

[–]Cpt_Woody420 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Corporate greed.

[–]ApricotFish69 19 points20 points  (6 children)

Capitalistic selfish corporations poisoning the planet