This topic, reminds me of Wells, "Fate of Mankind" quote I've posted a few times over the years
"Art may have an Indian Summer."
"Now how did we--because I was one of a generation of science
students--how did we see the world in '88? (1888) Time had opened
out for us, and the creation, the Fall of Man and the Flood, those
simple fundamentals of the Judeo-Christian mythology, had
vanished. Forever. Instead I saw a limitless universe throughout the
stars and nebulae were scattering like dust, and I saw life ascending,
as it seemed, from nothingness towards the stars....... .......and it
seemed possible that man would go on to a power and wisdom beyond all
precedent........ ......The coming barbarism will differ from
the former barbarism by it's greater powers of terror,
urgency and destruction, and by it's greater rapidity of wastage.
What other difference can there be without a mental renascence? The
average life will be steadily diminishing, health will be
deteriorating. The viruses and pestilential germs will resume their
experiments in variation, and new blotches and infections will give
scope for pious resignation and turn men's hearts towards a better
world beyond the stars. There will be a last crop of saints and
devotees. (Art may have an Indian summer) Mankind which began in a
cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a
slum. What else can happen? What other turn can destiny
take?....... ........Either life is just beginning for him or it is
drawing very rapidly to it's close. This is no guess that is put
before you, no fantasy; it is a plain and reasoned assembling of
known facts in their natural order and relationship. It faces you.
Meet it or shirk it, this is the present outlook for mankind. "
(Excerpts from "The Fate of Mankind," by H.G. Wells, 1939)