The dictionary definition of “existential” is “relating to existence,” so an “existential threat” to something is a threat to its existence. Another Chicxulub meteor impact is an existential threat to most life on Earth.
An existential threat justifies extraordinary actions, including but not limited to lawbreaking, violation of mores, etc. An armed robber is an existential threat to you. Killing that robber is justified by the seriousness of the threat. It’s homicide, but not murder to defend yourself when threatened.
“Global Climate Change” is pushed as an existential threat to all life on Earth, so apparently gluing yourself to a roadway or splashing tomato soup on classic paintings is wholly justified. So is sabotage and arson of construction equipment.
Jeffery Epstein was an existential threat to a lot of very powerful people.
So when you see headlines like this, you have to wonder what people will be willing to do to stop that existential threat:
Trump Is an Existential Threat – New York Times
Public intellectual Sam Harris, who is a philosopher, neuroscientist and author, was on a podcast wherein he defended the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story. This man who advocates for Truth and Reason argued that it was a good thing that the story was suppressed, but he went even further:
Absolutely it was. Absolutely. But I think it was warranted. I don’t care what’s in Hunter Biden’s laptop. At that point, Hunter Biden literally could have had the corpses of children in his basement. I would not have cared.
“He then pivoted to an outlandish analogy that compared keeping Trump from winning a second term to working to ‘deflect’ an ‘asteroid hurtling toward Earth.'” (Source: New York Post.)
See what I mean?
So, SWAT raids on his home? Warranted.
Treason accusations? Warranted.
Rape accusations? Warranted.
Bogus prosecutions? Warranted.
And none of this is apparently working. He gets more popular every day.
So, if he’s an existential threat and none of that is working, what’s next? Who’s willing to do what to deflect this asteroid?
I guess those Sweet Meteor of Death memes were kinda right.