People will realize much more clearly the horror we’ve wreaked on this planet — and the reality that we’re making it unlivable even for our bubble-dwelling selves.
Although people will more readily acknowledge the looming extinction of dolphins, whales, large carnivores, and so many other species, there will remain a general unwillingness to take the steps to really change this because of the massive sacrifice required.
It’s going to be much more normal for people to talk about the end of our species, not in a religious or abstract sense, but in a scientific and practical one.
The tide is going to shift away from a public acceptance of people having children and toward a critical view in which people question parents-to-be about their motivations for wanting children and their ability to raise them well. In this vein, people are going to view parents much more as selfish and destructive than as the “loving, giving” beings as whom they now are so often viewed.
Public perception will shift toward seeing meat-eating and animal farming as much more of a selfish and environmentally-destructive thing.
The world is going to be a much less safe place: more fears, more poverty, more desperation, poorer health care for most people, more war.
There will be much more talk about the looming end of fossil fuels and what this will mean to our species.
Casual world travel will be on a major decline.
Humanity will experience much more physical illness resulting from human-generated environmental toxins.
Quantum leaps in technology and virtual communication will coincide with a marked increase in governmental spying on citizens, loss of individual privacy, individual paranoia, and social alienation.
There will be major increases in small-scale terrorism and mayhem all over the world, because it will be virtually impossible to prevent desperate, angry, hopeless people from acting out in this manner.
People are going to be more open to radical types of change, including revolution and violent upheaval, in order to try to alter humanity’s destructive course — yet many of these proposed changes will be so-called “easy answers” of an extremely negative variety, e.g., racist, bigoted, xenophobic, nationalistic, civil rights-denying, genocidal.
Big shifts will have happened or will be looming in international borders: more and more countries splitting up into smaller entities, and, perhaps simultaneously, other countries banding together and forming larger nations for protection.
More people will become polarized into the extremes of atheism and religious fundamentalism.
Major shrinkage in funding of space programs like NASA due to public realization that they offer little benefit to our species. Also, there will be less talk of humanity escaping our toxified planet and surviving elsewhere in the universe, as that will be acknowledged as science fiction of a bygone era.
There will be a major decline in the economies of the United States and Europe, and mass starvations in increasing numbers of regions of the world.
There will be a much greater realization of the horror of psychiatric drugs: the dependency, the withdrawal syndromes, the long-term negative effects, the false advertising, the unscientific research, the social control, and the stymieing of people’s growth processes.
There will be significant depression and rage among younger people, who will have realized that they were cheated out of their futures by their parents’ and grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generations.
More and more people will be waking up to the realization that unresolved childhood trauma, largely from within families and replicated over the generations, is behind all of this disaster.
And there will be more and more enlightened people, people aware of all of this that is going on, people who break from the traditions of their parents and from their parents themselves, people who work to grieve their childhood wounds, and people who live more truly as their true selves and come together in community to try to figure out how to build something new.