Not With a Bang But a Whimper

Some thoughts about global warming from PCRHS Senior Daizy Fletcher. (Read more of her thoughts at:

T.S. Eliot wrote a poem called “The Hollow Men” the last stanza of the poem is as follows:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

The question of how the world will end is something that we as a species tend to wonder. When, how, and why will it all be over? On the mother nature network, Laura Moss writes “11 ways the world (as we know it) could end”.

Solar storms
Planet X
The big rip
global warming
gamma ray burst
computer take over
electromagnetic pulse
nuclear war
All of these have pretty good explanations on the site:

But the question is, why did T.S. Eliott write, “not with a bang but a whimper”? There is more than one way you could look at this line. It could be saying that we are expecting the end to be something bigger and more extreme than it really will be. If that is the case then we can forget about nuclear war and say hello to the world just flat out giving up. If our planet really did just give up what would be the reason? We could make so many different assumptions but we won’t know until it happens. I personally agree with T.S. Elliot. It is kind of the less “exciting” ending but to me it makes more sense. We are slowly killing the planet and that is something that a lot of people don’t understand.

We are causing the destruction and it starts from pollution and goes all the way to physically destroying the earth for stupid selfish reasons like making more money. If you were to look back even just 100 years ago you would see the drastic changes that nature has endured. We are clear cutting forests, paving anything that’s driven on, littering, polluting, and misusing the wonderful resource that was lent to us. We don’t own the earth, we are its guests that have been given the amazing opportunity to borrow it.

Nobody wants to believe that the world will end someday, but the sad truth is that it will, and we will be the cause. The stress that we put on the planet is wearing it out. It’s going to hold out as long as it possibly can but it will slowly be getting worse until it’s just done. We need to stop being selfish and only think about ourselves and money, and actually give a crap about our home. There is only one earth, there is not another planet out there like ours that we know of. Why would we be killing it? Do we want humanity to go on? We need to give future generations the ability to see the true beauty in the world and in life. If we don’t there is no point in anything.


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