Source: NeedPix, Public Domain Famous psychiatrist Irv Yalom’s book, Staring at the Sun, asks us to look at life’s most difficult aspects, especially our death. While we may be aware of near-term threats like getting run over by a bus or acquiring some rare fatal disease, most people tend to view death as distant, the final stage of old age. No matter how much we hear about terrorism, we feel it’s likely to be small-scale: blow up a bus, a bar, or a bar-mitzvah. The chance of such bombs killing us is tiny. But as weapons of mass destruction—biological, chemical, nuclear, and cyber—become more powerful, more miniaturized, and less expensive, the Apocalypse is no longer a near-zero probability event. For example, we could simply have that much-warned about all-out nuclear war. It needn’t even require a government. A lone-wolf disgruntled infectious disease doctor could fill a vial with the highly communicable smallpox, get on a bus at an international airline terminal’s parking lot, open his briefcase and thus shielded, open the vial for all the passengers to breathe right before they head off across the globe. By the time the 14-day incubation period yielded to disease, it would be too… Read full this story
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