5 Reasons Why You're Living In The Strangest Time In Human History

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Daniel Lang via SHTFplan.com,

The world is changing faster than ever before, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t being acclimated to it. It’s truly a testament to the ability of humans to adapt to just about any circumstance. We have more food, wealth, and life-saving technologies than anyone in our history. We have a nearly unlimited stream of entertainment and information. Yet we take it all for granted.

Because we’re so acclimated to this world, we often forget how strange it is compared to previous eras. Sometimes we forget to stop and appreciate just how freaking bonkers it all is. If you don’t believe me, I’ve collected five news stories to prove it. They’re not necessarily relevant to each other in any way, but if you told someone 30 years ago that the following stories would someday come true, they’d probably think that you were pitching some bizarre sci-fi novel.

3D Printing

You’ve definitely heard about this technology already. 3D printing has been in the news countless times over the past few years. However, that doesn’t mean that it is old hat. It seems as if every year 3D printing is used to create something that no one had considered before.

The fact that we live in a world where a novice can print out his own gun parts is freaky enough, but now it’s believed that 3D printers can create camera lenses as small as a grain of salt. This could be used to create billions of tiny sensors that could be scattered throughout the world; a concept known as “smartdust.” Alternatively, 3D printers can also be used to build objects as large a house in 24 hours.

Lab-Grown Meat

For all of human history, meat was something you raised and produce was something you grew. Not anymore. Since 2013, scientists from around the world have successfully grown meat from cultured animal cells on multiple occasions. In fact, just this week a startup from San Francisco managed to create the first lab-grown chicken strips. The people behind these projects believe that lab-grown meat will become a normal staple in grocery stores in the very near future, because growing meat in this fashion is a lot less resource intensive, and the taste is almost indistinguishable from natural products.

Acceptance of Government Surveillance

Between Edward Snowden and the Vault 7 Wikileaks, the public is finally aware of how invasive the government’s spying really is. We know that the government is tracking and recording every word that we say and write over the internet and over our phones, and we know that the government can spy on us through countless electronic devices in our homes.

But that isn’t the freaky part. What’s strange is how we’ve come to accept it. There are no riots or protests in the streets because of this. No one is being arrested and thrown in jail for something that is clearly illegal. Privacy died, and it’s like no one noticed. What would have outraged everyone a few generations ago, is now met with a shrug.

Santa Muerte

This is the only entry on this list that doesn’t have something to do with technology, but I can’t help but find this story to be a totally unexpected development.

If you ask most people what the fastest growing religion in the world is, they’d probably say Islam. However, it could actually be a strange new subset of Christianity from Mexico called Santa Muerte, or Holy Death. Santa Muerte is a female folk saint whose popularity in Mexico and the United States is spreading rapidly; from being practically unheard in the year 2000, to being worshiped by 10-12 million people in 2014.

Statues and visages of the saint, which appear as a skeleton clad in vibrant robes and carrying a scythe, have popped up all over the world. The religion is popular among a wide variety of people in Mexico, from narco gang members to impoverished farmers, who often pray to the saint for protection. Though Santa Muerte is venerated in the same way as most saints, the Catholic church has condemned the religion, which of course hasn’t had any effect on its popularity.

Anti-Aging Drugs

For most of human history, trying to halt the aging process was synonymous with either magic or pseudoscience. Until recently, the idea that you could slow down or even stop the aging process with drugs, was simply inconceivable to scientists. But now there are companies who are actually beginning human trials with drugs that could slow down aging. And now that science is gaining a firm grasp on what causes the aging process, it may not be long before we’re able to stop and reverse aging. That of course, would change our species forever in ways that we can’t even imagine yet.

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HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Mar 21, 2017 7:41 PM

Jeezus, Santa Muerta, lab-grown meat, and surveillance? I read that book. It is a mash up of Soylent Green, 1984, On the Beach, and Level 7.

Fucking eh. Just stick a fork in the US Empire. We are toast.

knukles's picture

Not to worry whatsoever.
Human foibles guarantee our own extinction

GUS100CORRINA's picture


Result: Pacific Ocean that is dying.

Conclusion: Contaminated food supply for decades with elevated risk of cancer.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) GUS100CORRINA Mar 21, 2017 7:48 PM

I just climbed a 40 story building in my living room.  Shoulders were tired and palms all sweaty from the vertigo.  Nothing strange about that...

J S Bach's picture

Yes... we have more wondrous and miraculous "things" and "toys" and other gadgets to make our already easy lives even more lazy and ineffectual.

What is truly germane to our "living in the strangest time in human history" is the fact that never before has a tiny supremacist parasitic element ever held sway over so many estranged races and cultures.  With all of our advanced technological prowess, we completely lack any moral and natural compass to direct this progress toward the stars.  Instead, we are on a slide into the primordial slime from whence we came.

Arnold's picture

Art Bell had a term coined for it twenty years ago.

The Quickening.

chunga's picture

It's the fraud. High frequency fraud is killing us. Almost every single aspect of life these days involves fraud and figuring out how to avoid getting screwed by it.

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cue in cue (not verified) chunga Mar 21, 2017 8:14 PM

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max_leering's picture

speaking of fraud..............................

Audio Feeline's picture
Audio Feeline (not verified) xythras Mar 21, 2017 8:40 PM

As the old Chinese curse has it:

May you live in interesting times

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Space Steaks(tm).  Because 50 million flies can't be wrong!

Made with doo doo.  It's what's for dinner.

Motasaurus's picture

So the two fastest growing religions are both death cults. 


stacking12321's picture

Kek is a Muslim (Egyptian)
Strange to see right wing neonazi types worshipping a Muslim frog.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) stacking12321 Mar 21, 2017 9:05 PM

Do you hear yourself? Is like saying the Pyramids & Sphinx are islamic. You know there was REAL civilization before islam backwardness got invented.

KEK = Egyptian but around 2500 BC when Egypt was a polytheist area LONG before Islam/mudslimes appeared (600 AD)

Go read a book, or at least wikipedia.


stacking12321's picture

Well duh!

I just like trolling the nazis, spammers, and other idiots that infest zh.

Islam wasn't just suddenly invented, btw, it's an offshoot of Christianity.
Jesus is regarded as a prophet in Islam, so stop hating on your Muslim brethren,

Motasaurus's picture

The Islamic Jesus is literally the Christian anti-Christ. 
The Biblical anti-Christ will call himself Jesus, but deny that he is god. The Islamic Jesus calls himself Jesus, but denies that he is god.

The Biblical anti-Christ will point to the beast as God's representative. The islamic Jesus will point to the Mahdi (The last Caliph - calling himself God's represtantive) as God's represetnative on earth. 

The Biblical anti-Christ will establish Jerusalem as his capital. The Islamic Jesus will help the Madhi establish Jerusalem as his capital.

The Biblical anti-Christ will force people to convert to his religion or be beheadded. The Islamic Jesus will help the Madhi force people to convert to Islam or be beheadded.

The Biblical anti-Christ will specifically target Jews and Christians for destruction. The Islamic Jesus will help the Madhi target Jews and Christians for destruction.

Biblical Jesus said that the only unforgivable sin is to call the Holy Spirit Satan. Islam says that Islamic Jesus will help end Christianity which is part of "the domination of Satan who spit evil into people."

stacking12321's picture

While you're at it, You should quote lots of bible verses at me, too, so that I can see how godly and good you are, and so that sky jesus can reward you in the afterlife for your faith.

Teja's picture

The Islamic Jesus calls himself Jesus, but denies that he is god.

There used to be a major group of Christians called "Arianic" (nothing to do with Aryan, coming from a priest called Arius) who believed that Jesus was a human, not a deity. Very strong amongs the Germanic people invading the Roman Empire, especially the Goths. They were persecuted by the Catholics. I believe that concept makes more sense than the "holy trinity" concept of three-aspects-of-one-god which is a cloaked polytheism, especially if you look at the Saints and Virgin Mary, and of course the "anti-Christ" concept. More like the old Eastern religions of Mesopotamia, with demons and all.

Maybe the Anti-Christ has got a Crocodile Head...

Motasaurus's picture

The anti-Christ is a person who will rise to political and spiritual power in the middle east and will point to the symbols of Satan as God to be worshipped.

Symbols of Egypt: Sun Disk (Ra: king of the gods, father of Thoth), Crescent Moon (Thoth: the god of wisdom, giver of the word of god, husband to Seshat) and Star (Seshat: brought Toth's gift of writing to the gyptians. Is often pictured with crescent moon horns with her star in the central position). 

Symbols of Assyria: Sun Disk (Ashur: king of the gods), Crescent Moon (Baal/Hadad: God of the stoms, husband to Ishtar), The Star (Ishtar: goddess of love and beasts)

Symbols of Babylon: Crescent Moon (Sin: the primary god of wisom who fathered the morning star/Ishtar/venus and the sun/Shamash/jupiter) and Star (Ishtar: the goddess of love, including of animals, who kills all those who love her). and Sun Disk  (Shamash: the god of justice, giver of the law).

Symbols of Greece (in the middle east, particularly Turkey): Crescent Moon and Star (Hecate: bringer of light, daugher of Asteria-the star and granddaughter of Phoebe-the moon - patron goddess/titan of Byzantium), Crescent Moon (Artemis: basically Hecate but less middle-eastern and also a goddess rather than a titan) and Sun (Apollo: twin brother of Artemis).

Symbols of Byzantine Rome: Crescent Moon (Diana: Virgin goddess of childbirth) Sun (Apollo: same as the greeks, Jupiter for dad instead of Zeus) and Star (Venus: goddess of sex, lust and love). 

Symbol of Islam: Crescent Moon and Star (Crescent Moon has always been a symbol of Islam, only adopted the Star after the caliphate conquered Byzantium where the symbol was pervasive, became official symbol of Islam under Ottoman rule). 

All of these Empires are considered satanic (which just means enemy) empires in Judeo-Christian history. It seems highly likely that the final satanic empire will also use the crescent moon and star (with or without the sundisk) symbol to go with it.

Donnie Duvanie's picture

So, does this anti-aging thing mean we're going to live forever, or are we just going to look good, until we die?

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TrollandDump (not verified) xythras Mar 21, 2017 8:56 PM

Long popcorn

shovelhead's picture

Bandits and Highwaymen move with the times too.

I'd have to say that not looking at a sword or musket barrel pointed at you is still an improvement in lifestyle, even if the result is the same.

They even had church on Sunday if you needed a morality fix of divine justice promised.

bobdog54's picture

Excellent, integrity is more and more a remnant of the our past. It is what we have truly lost, the rest of it is just the resulting noise....

It's a civilization killer, every time in the history of our world.

Consuelo's picture



Then he went off and started slinging hash at the glorious Filipino population and vanished into the Nevada landscape.

DownWithYogaPants's picture
Arnold   J S Bach Mar 21, 2017 8:56 PM

Art Bell had a term coined for it twenty years ago.

The Quickening.


My addition:  Are you sure that was not "The shortening" ??

Saw a guy in gym class had a huge dick so I asked "how'd you get that?!"

He said "I rub it down with oil every night"

So I went home and for 2 weeks I practiced this.  In gym class again and I observe that my rod is smaller and say 

"Hey I've been doing it for 2 weeks and my dick is smaller!!!!"

Guy says "what did you use for the nightly massage?"

I said "Crisco"

Guy says " ooh that's your problem.  You used shortening"

francis scott falseflag's picture


It's not dying.  Now we'll be able to see it at night.

SilverDOG's picture

Now just store your silver and gold for the age reversal medication.

You'll be able to afford it if you do, and die from the overdue pandemic, or cancer.

No worries, clear top 3d printed caskets will make you look GRRRRREEAAAT !

Humanity, and the remainig species upon the planet earth are in the 6th YYYUUUUUGGE extinction.

And peoples, sheeples, and oligarc's steeples will all fall down.

Might be a couple hundred more years though unless... "this and a that and a this and a..."



francis scott falseflag's picture


No difference between ending up in Depends like George H W Bush

or ending up in diapers like Benjamin Button.  

Both are followed by 'been there; done that'.  



stacking12321's picture

Excellent links.

I wonder if the bakery bakes pizza, or puts sausage on their pizza?

wcole225's picture

Extinction isn't the future. What is, is far worse

francis scott falseflag's picture


Passing away with $50 bucks left on yur Starbucks card.

stacking12321's picture

i can't relate to worshipping a dead guy on a cross, but this santa muerte sounds kinda cool - how do i join?

Semi-employed White Guy's picture

Ask someone in a Mexican drug cartel. ZH is probably not the place to find one of them though. They tend to have lots of cash to invest. Someone at Goldman could hook you up.

stacking12321's picture

Thanks for the advice.

I don't really care for banksters but next time I'm in Mexico I'll ask around.

BingoBoggins's picture

Whoa, Nelly!!! I do not advise you to do that!

BingoBoggins's picture

crawl through cactus and jagged stone on your belly and prostrate yourself in adoration of the holy saint.

shovelhead's picture

Them Injuns always enjoyed their death cults. Most of them just slapped a veneer of Christianity, which is a death cult itself, over it to keep from getting their heads knocked.

Whatever floats your boat, I guess, as long as you keep it to yourself and don't bother me about it.

stacking12321's picture

That's a mature attitude.

Now if I could only get all the christians on the internet to keep their religion to themselves as well, and not bother me about it either, we'd be all set.

shovelhead's picture

Ain't gonna happen.

Virtue signalling isn't exactly a modern phenomena.

jmack's picture

WTF, man with a bionic penis didnt make the list?



BingoBoggins's picture

BIONIC PENIS does have a ring to it, doesn't it?

Lumberjack's picture

Hillary has one disguised as a broom!

LetThemEatRand's picture

“In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or the propaganda might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies - the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions."


runswithscissors's picture

 "we are living in the strangest time in human history" I'm sure that's never been said before.

HenryHall's picture

I used to think that overpopulation was the greatest menace to human survival.

But perhaps it is religion. Any and all religions that embrace supernatural concepts are a true menace.

jmack's picture

  You are incorrect.  humans are the menace, religion is a tool, as is science.  Science has killed many more people than religion, they just have better pr, as of late. Both or either have and will be used again to justify killing other humans, humans dont need a lot of justification, only when  it comes to mass killings, that are recorded on film. so it is a sure bet that there will be more.


   the only common denominator is humans.  Humans would use philosophy or preference in fast food to kill each other if it was suitable for their needs,  blaming religion for something that it has mitigated is the height of ignorance.