Growing up in the 1950s, I remember people beginning to talk about nuclear war and the living envying the dead. Such talk became greater in the 1960s, toward the tail end of which I used to sit Victor Alert—15 minute quick reaction alert with the aircraft armed with a nuclear weapon.
But, the idea that civilization would end with nuclear war or some other activity has always seemed strange to me. Now, someone muses on the outcome of a mass death event that did not totally wipe out all human life.
It seemed like a reasonable analysis to me. Not pretty, but reasonable.
Regards — Cliff