Have you ever heared about the Carrington Event? It was the biggest observed solar storm so far. It happened in 1859. Telegraph systems all over the world stopped working, some of them even startet to burn… Polar lights were visible as far south as Italy, Cuba and Hawaii. Except for the massive problems with the telegraph system, there were no bigger consequences though.
So, this was in 1859, when the only kind of modern technology relying on electricity was the telegraph system. And now look at our world today. What would happen if there came a new carrington event today? It is very likely, that our planet would have no electricity for months. What would be the consequences? No lights at night. No fridge. More or less no heat in winter. Maybe no pure water. Nothing would work. Supermarkets will be bought empty, because people will panic, they won’t get new things, because they cannot be produced or transported. Gangs will plunder and loot. Most people will simply starve. Nuclear power plants all over the world will explode, because their cooling system does not work without electricity, meaning even more people will die. The damage will be so massive, that we won’t be able to rebuild all this, we will loose almost all if not all modern technology. We will live in a new Stone Age and we will be forced to return from a consumer society to a hunter-gatherer society, or at least to self sufficient agriculture, but there will be absolutely no way of holding on to modern consumerism, technology and civilisation.
Do you also want to know how likely such an event is to happen? Well, there has been a solar storm in July 2012, that was at least as strong as the one in 1859, maybe even stronger, which was not directet to earth though. If it had happened one week earlier though, it would have aimed directly to earth…
Researchers have probed very old pieces of ice and found out that such big solar storms on average happen more often than every 500 years. This means, that if we don’t stop to use modern technology (and in particular electricity) so excessive (and I don’t think we will), then our civilisation will most probably end in about 400 years.
Every end is a beginning though. Night ends with the beginning of a new day. Sun will rise at 4:00 in the morning and our present age is 3:30. A 7,000 year long period of darknes is about to end. We ran further and further away from nature, but nature will eventually outrun us. Like Icarus, we flew further and further to the sun, that seemed so warm, comfortable and bright, but now we are about to burn ourselves. We are within the last 5 % or so of this awful, sterile modern world of madnes, the world of plastic, of fast food, where almost all forests have been killed and replaced by grey cities. This age is almost over. Soon it will end. And it will end in total havoc. And after this havoc, life will eventually become normal again (not normal in the sense of life how we know it at the beginning of the 21th century, but normal in the sense of utterly natural, like 100,000 years ago). Hail to the coming havoc, even if it will bring much death and pain, it will still be a sunrise.
Hail Nature! Hail Sôwilus! Hail Ginnungagap!