Life after people

Life after people

Not too long ago, I purchased a Sony PS4. It came packaged with the game Horizon Zero Dawn by Dutch game company Guerilla Games. I immediately fell in love with the game, as have many others. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are no longer the dominant species on Earth. As you explore the beautiful open world of Horizon, trying to figure out what happened to the “Old Ones” (that’s us), you often encounter ancient ruins left over from our civilization. And that got me thinking. How realistic are the ruins Guerilla put in the game? And what would Earth really look like in a life after people?

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Without privacy, you lose your ability to have an identity of your own

I believe that privacy is something that humans need. Being able to do things and to speak about things without being watched or recorded is essential to growth and identity formation. How do you know who you are or what your values are if you are not free to explore those?

Without privacy, we are unable to test the waters in our formative teenage years, we’re unable to tell things in confidence, and therefore to be ourselves.

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Being offended

There is an old story about the Buddha and an angry old man which goes something like this.

Each day the Buddha would go to the market and each day, an angry old man would come up to him and start hurling insults and abuse at him. Each day, the Buddha continues smiling and minding his own business.
After a week, the old man is so curious about why the Buddha doesn’t react, he has to ask him why he continues to smile despite all the abuse. The Buddha replies:

Buddha, with the same smile still on his face looks at the old man and asks “If I were to bring you a gift tomorrow morning all wrapped up in a beautiful box would you accept it?” to which the old man replies “Absolutely not, I would take nothing from the likes of you!”. “Ah ha” the Buddha replies “Well if I were to offer you this gift and you were to refuse then who would this gift belong to?”. “It would still belong to you of course” answers the old man. “And so the same goes with your anger, when I choose not to accept your gift of anger , does it not then remain your own?”
(See the full story on page 2)

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