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Where is it all going to end, and when?

Yesterday Prince Harry officially announced his engagement to Meghan Markle and apparently aired his tip for success when embarking upon a relationship, viz. spending time together at home first before venturing out on romantic dates, outings, trips to the theatre or ballet and even meals – see here for a report by Dave Maclean that appears today on the website of – THE INDEPENDENT

Taking that as the text for my post today, I also spotted the following pieces whilst trawling the world’s media overnight:

Attraction, lust, falling in love, compatibility, laughter. It seems that the secret to a long and happy relationship may in fact be none of the above, but – perhaps rather echoing Prince Harry’s advice, instead boredom in each other’s company may be the key. See here for an extract from a book by Mark Manson, as chosen by Nathalie Lee and Jessica Orwig of Business Insider, also featured today on the website of – THE INDEPENDENT

Research scientists and journos are traditionally in thrall to new theories and findings on old or eternal subjects.

Here’s one on the ‘discovery’ of a new phenomenon – the rise of the ‘digisexual’ – as described by science editor Sarah Knapton in an article that appears today on the website of – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Reinforcing the above, here’s a link to a piece by Harry Pettit that appears today upon the website of the – DAILY MAIL

Lastly, here’s a report by Aatif Sulleyman on billionaire businessman Elon Musk’s fears about the way that AI (artificial intelligence) may be going if humanity doesn’t watch out, as appears today upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT

Writing for the Rust, an organ that features among its staff one columnist who is already in a steady relationship with a sex robot, it occurred to me that there’s something of a crisis for the human species coming down the track.

We learn from near-weekly bulletins of what is going wrong with the world that Britain is in the middle of growing obesity and diabetes epidemics.

We also get bombarded regularly with reports detailing how by choice Millennials and our younger generations are spending most of their waking hours glued to their laptops and smartphones instead of conducting what might have been described a couple of decades ago as ‘normal human interactions’ (as witness the current obsession with internet dating).

Personally, I lost count long ago of the number of times that I’ve been obstructed by – or even bumped into – people walking along the street either talking, texting, emailing, WhatsApping or even playing games on their smartphones, thereby rendering themselves totally oblivious to their surroundings.

And please don’t get me started on my biggest bug-bear in Life of all, the fashion for gym-goers of all genders who – wearing the latest sports fashionable clothing, trainers and headbands or baseball caps on back to front etc. – spend inordinate amounts of time sitting on sundry items of gym apparatus with vacant stares whilst either checking their incoming mail on their smartphones and/or selecting new downloaded music to play whilst they exercise, thus denying keen over-55-year-olds like me access to said apparatus (thereby adding at least 50% to the time it takes to complete our sessions).

Contemplating all of the above this morning, I could not but help coming to the conclusion that humanity is rapidly approaching some form of existential crisis.

Speaking of which, here’s another potentially-relevant report that I came across yesterday, some four days after it was first posted, written by R. Alexander Pyron on the subject of the inevitability of death and extinction upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT

 

About Simon Campion-Brown

A former lecturer in politics at Keele University, Simon now lives in Oxfordshire. Married with two children, in 2007 he decided to monitor the Westminster village via newspaper and television and has never looked back. More Posts

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