This is not about cats but about everything including cats. One of the great weaknesses of the human is his/her inability to cooperate globally for the good of humanity and to think long term, very long term. Almost every decision is distorted by self-interest and a fast buck.
However in Spitsbergen Island, Norway is a seed bank. It is under a mountain; 160 metres under a mountain, in fact. The entrance is elegant and a bit mysterious.
Deep inside the icy vault are 800,000 different species of crop seeds. They were donated by a huge number of countries including North Korea. I think that is the only example of North Korea cooperating with the rest of world that I know of!
The vault is called the “doomsday vault” or something like that because it is in preparation for the catastrophic extinction of humankind bar a tiny percentage of survivors. Some of the seeds will survive for 20,000 years.
It is funny that humankind is preparing for its near extinction 😉 It is the only example I know about where humankind has truly cooperated globally for a single objective; and what an objective. There is something Freudian about the whole enterprise.
It is almost as if we are preparing for it – the end. It is a tacit acceptance of the inevitable. That is the pessimistic view (mine!).
The more optimistic view is that the doomsday vault is a treasure trove of human food and the only example of true global cooperation and massively long term thinking; totally against the grain of the human character.
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