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I hope that the existence of sentient life is not dependent on us, because we are messing it up terribly, and will probably cause our own extinction at some point (and maybe some point not too far off).
Humanity has been on the brink of causing our own extinction for the entirety of recorded history if you believe some doomsayer or another. Oddly enough, such apocalyptic predications have never quite panned out.
 

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But if it had, we wouldn't know about it, would we?
No. You are right in suggesting some sort of survivorship bias here; still, it seems knowing the world is ending whilst everyone else does not is a remarkably attractive proposition to humans given the obvious consequences of being right. I for one would need some solid evidence that the world is ending to believe the world is ending but many seem to believe it on a whim and then add some years to the date when it doesn't pan out (see: Jehovah Witnesses).
 

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Google has been throwing this article in my face all day, so I clicked on it. . . I'm sorry I did.

https://slate.com/culture/2020/10/fullname-famous-composers-racism-sexism.html

Seriously, why are there so many of these recently? Who comes up with these stupid articles? People must have too much time on their hands because of covid. This stuff kills brain cells.

Just noticed the author called Beethoven "Ludwig Beethoven" at the end. For real...
Finally, a website addressing the real issues in society. I scrolled down and noticed the same website also had a (presumably exhilarating) article on "Why Does My Boyfriend Constantly Dirty Talk About Something He Finds "Gross"?". Clearly, they are on point on the major issues of the day and knocking down sacred cows one by one until utopia is upon us!!!!!
 

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I just scanned the first of the articles from ClassicFM.

Even though I had the unpleasant and unfortunate prognostication by various and sundry individuals (maybe they consider themselves 'journalists' but more like social engineers?) that classical music is 'racist' - I was wasn't ready for the tripe from ClassicFM. From the close of https://www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/composer-cancelled-fifth-symphony-elitist-vox-debate/

"The podcast ends with the line "Maybe it's time we break up with Beethoven once and for all…".
Breaking up with LVB, the Romantic so beloved for writing the unofficial anthem to the fall of the Berlin Wall and whose Ninth Symphony dreamed that 'all mankind will become brothers', seems a bit extreme.

But as such a giant of the music world, there's absolutely no reason we can't have a debate about his impact on it."


Time to stop listening to their station. I wonder what other music lovers think about this and would do about it.
They have tended to fall into this lately. They lent credence to the Beethoven is black theory (which is only slightly more credible than Qanon) https://www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/was-black-twitter-debates-african-heritage/ then also wrote about the very vox article in the op https://www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/news/twitter-debates-slate-article-fullnaming-composers/. As a university student, this stuff is everywhere now; I mean some of my professors have stickers on their doors saying that their offices are intellectual safe spaces.
 
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