I'm lifting this post of mine from Ed Hudgins' "Betting against the End of the World" thread. If any of my words have any importance, and there's a hierarchy thereof, these are up there with Music of the Gods:
I have come to the conclusion that the generic obstacle in our path is: infantilism. I have reached this conclusion through pursuing my latter-day campaign against the abominable decline in speech standards whereby two thirds of the population now speak in the manner of retarded children, including in those vocations such as television reporter and flight attendant for which it used to be a prerequisite to be well-spoken.
Then I realised that, of course, speech standards are simply the latest link in the chain. The entitlement mentality which has been around for decades is infantile. The insistence that wishful thinking is as valid as objectivity (see Baade) which has been around for millennia, is infantile, as of course is the wishful thinking itself and its accompanying mantra that objectivity is impossible anyway. Hatred of the good for being the good, the crab-bucket mentality, schadenfreude ... all of these are infantile. The mindless scream-fests, the amplified tantrums, the headbanging caterwaulings that pass for music currently, are infantile. Narcissism, the belief that everything is about oneself, chronic inability to listen, the morbid talking-over of others in what is supposed to be conversation ... all of this is infantile (and endemic within Objectivism, where many, I fear and suspect, believe it is what Objectivism mandates).
My take on the end of the world is that it will surely happen, though probably not at 6 o'clock tonight and not via tectonic upheavals instigated by irrationally incensed goblins. The core reason it will happen, in whatever shape or form it does so, is the preponderance of infantiles in the world. A world polluted by Slayer, Samantha Hayes and Patrick Gower and those who cannot tell how disgusting they sound (or who can but revel in it) is a world that will self-destruct ... and deserves to. The best that can be hoped for is that only the infantiles will be destroyed, giving the adults a chance to start over.
Of course, all of this is just another way of saying that where unreason rules, destruction will surely follow.