“Existential Dread” has always been my favourite excuse for not going to work, closely followed by “monkey stole the trucks from my skates.” ED is of course not just in your head: so say the boffins at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and their cheerfully named Doomsday Clock.
Their take on our collective chances is long, and life is short and getting shorter so here’s the takeaway:
“The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.”
Golly. Looks like the Apocalypse ain’t gonna avert itself after all.
Here’s a handy chart from the BBC for some perspective. Note the lack of sharks, terrorists or dole cheats on the list.
A good way to relieve the symptoms of ED is to rock out. I recommend getting ahead of the curve with Iron Maiden’s Two Minutes to Midnight.