Doomsday nostalgia

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice—there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. When you compute the length of time between The Event and The Nostalgia For The Event, the span seems to be about a year in each cycle. Eventually within the next next quarter of a century, the nostalgia cycles will be so close together that people will not be able to take a step without being nostalgic for the one they just took. At that point, everything stops.

Frank Zappa

The Real Frank Zappa Book (Simon and Schuster, 1989), 203. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs, CC BY NC SA 2.0. Note that he didn’t need to explain how paperwork might end the world. We already know that all too well.

Please inform the rest of the species. . .