For 200,000 americans, there was no happy ending. They died, in pain, alone.

For half of the 6 million infected, there will be no happy ending. They will be permanently poorer, more vulnerable, and die earlier.

For millions more, eviction will snowball into irrecoverable misery
For millions more, there will be no happy ending as their social support systems die, get sick, or become destitute. They will snowball just the same into irrecoverable misery.
For hundreds of millions more, there will be no happy ending as their homes are alternately flooded or charred, their pantries emptied by drought and famine.

They will starve, and thirst, and choke, living as perpetual refugees
For billions more, their unhappy endings were preventable only over a decade ago. They'll dessicate in deserts and drown in sinking liferafts, die of diarrhea and starvation in squalid refugee camps
The vast, unimaginable amount of suffering and horror that is already happening, and will now inevitably happen, has no deus ex machina or magic bullet.

No happy ending will magically appear.

For most, the possibility of a happy ending vanished years ago.
An unimaginable sea of misery, pain, suffering, with billions of people drowning in it over the next few decades.
What's interesting about the sheer mindmelting scale of horror and pain, is that decades into it, people will be able to assess just how much could have been prevented today.
"Had they done this, then, half as many people would have died. 90% fewer would have been exterminated. This ethnic group would still exist."
And what's interesting about that, is that today, absolutely none of the things those horror-stricken survivors from 30 years from now, are capable of being done.

Not a single one of their desperate "for fuck's sake do this instead" will happen today.
The day will end, ensuring the sum total of horror and agony increases, with absolutely nothing effective done.

Were they, 30 years from now, to see exactly what happened today, they'd be hurling shit around in frustration, shouting at the screen.
Those gaunt-faced, traumatized survivors 30 years from now, would be able to pinpoint exactly what could have been done, today, to reduce the horror they'd suffered through.

Imagine them knowing that not a single action was done to do so, today, when it'll never be easier.
It will never be easier to prevent an unimaginable tide of excruciating agony and horror, than it is today.

Think of how horrifying it is that today, nothing whatsoever happened to even attempt to do so.
Imagine explaining to someone shitting themselves to death in a 2067 internment camp, that the most basic, easiest, cheapest possible effort to prevent that misery, was viewed as too hard and expensive and unviable at the time.
Can you imagine the sheer *hatred* that those hollowed out survivors 30 years from now, will hold the people of today? The sheer, glacial waves of disgust they'll hold for people who literally could not bother to lift a finger?
They will be hollowed out by pain and misery, but they will know exactly how complicit you were in that misery.
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