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How would you like the human race to end?

So, I've just finished reading Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke (for the second time, because I couldn't remember what the second half of the book was about) and the ending sort of struck me.

I didn't like it. In spite of all the characters telling us the human race had a good end in joining the Overmind, I feel that it was disappointing. Humanity never really achieved anything, just sort of sat there and let things happen for more than a century. I don't quite understand why the Overmind was such a wonderful thing to be a part of. This concept of humanity's "ascension" to some higher form of being is is present in many other sci-fi properties and usually I find that it's an interesting idea, but this one just left me with a sense of deep sadness as well as general dislike. (Also, Clarke is like the king of telling vs. showing.)


But the question that stuck in my mind after reading it was "what would be a fitting ending to humanity?" So I pose this question to you ODeck: how would you like for humanity to end? Not what you think is likely to happen, but what would you consider a good ending?

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