Maybe it’s growing up in the 80s – the tail end of the Cold War – or maybe it’s just my secret craving for anarchy, but I’m drawn to apocalypse type scenarios. I even belong to a Goodreads book club called Apocalypse Whenever. Sometimes it’s a surprise ending for the Earth, but sometimes the world has a chance to save humanity -keep it from extinction.
Naturally, I imagine what would actually happen in these scenarios. If our earth had the chance to save the best of humanity in order to continue our species into the future, who would they choose to save? Of course you’d have to save scientists – they’re the ones who know how to make things happen. But what other skills would be found practical? Which are worth saving?
Sadly, I think in this day and age the artists would lose out in this scenario. In America art isn’t seen as necessary. It’s cut from our schools, it’s the last thing people would buy, it’s seen as frivolous and just icing on the cake. I really don’t think it would even be considered as save worthy.
But what would humanity lose without that creative spark? Even neanderthals have been found to use adornment and they find earlier and earlier evidence of cave painting. Art and creativity are a part of our DNA. If you breed out this kind of thinking, the ability to see what isn’t there yet, imagination, I believe our humanity will be lost. We’ll become stagnant, unable to see the best and the worst in the future.
Maybe there would be enough creative spark in those scientists they hide away to keep us safe, but do we really want to take the chance that on our future as humans? Might as well just let the machines win…