What role would sexual activity have if suddenly a major part of mankind were wiped out by illness, war or genocide?
Apocalyptic prophecies abound, dangers are usually greatly
exaggerated, but the fact remains that dangers for humans, animals and
plants do exist and survival scenarios in which large numbers of living
beings get killed are plausible. Mass extinctions are part of our
planet's history and can take place entirely by natural causes or – as
is the case now – by the mistakes that we humans might make.
There are some who fear what would happen in 2012, or in the
event of an alien invasion or other things with little or no basis, and
such beliefs somewhat tarnish the concept and preclude any serious
debate on the matter, but history does tell us that such events do
happen from time to time: the Holocaust and the Black Death are two
examples that indicate that in less than one thousand years several mass
extinctions affecting humans might take place.
And what happens when a society, a culture, suddenly becomes an endangered species?