Sometimes, in the early hours of the morn, I wonder about the surreal state of human affairs and how we as a species have somehow allowed a few world leaders and a few rogue varmints to bring us to the proverbial eve of nuclear armageddon.

How is it we have given such a small number of people such abominable power?

And how is it that an even smaller number, like the scumbag leader of ISIS, are able to wreak such havoc and threaten the very foundations of modern civilization?

I mean, the vast majority of people yearn for a world of peace and love, even if so many of us are all about “me, me, me, me first.”

Considering the state of affairs in the world today, does anybody doubt the possibility of a Third World War? And given the weapons so-called superpowers have in their arsenals, we probably wouldn’t be in for a long, protracted battle. Hey, they could destroy the world as we know it in a matter of minutes.

Think about that: The likes of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could ruin the lives of 8 billion people, and all the other living creatures on the planet, in a day or two.

It’s probably too late to say humans need to take back their governments and ban weapons; it’s not going to happen.

We are very close to the point of no return, because we have leaders who would sooner wipe out all life than capitulate on an issue to another country.

So we go about our lives not only knowing that each day could be our last, individually speaking, but also as a species. And we just shrug our shoulders . . . c’est la vie. Que sera sera.

So, one has to wonder why some mainstream media outlets are reporting on the prediction of a so-called mystic in Texas, who is saying World War III will be starting on May 13, 2017. He says it will all be over by Oct. 13, 2017.

Of course, he is not the first person to name dates, and to see them come and go without nukes flying. Ancient so-called mystics knew better than to name dates; they simply made vague predictions about end-of-times wars that would bring civilization to its knees. But they usually had a god who would emerge to save a remnant, and humanity would pick up the pieces and carry on.

Today’s so-called mystics don’t seem to be talking much about the emergence of saviors. It’s all doom and gloom, and a more realistic scenario. As John Lennon sang, “There ain’t no Jesus gonna come from the sky . . .”

And so, 8 billion will stand by and allow four or five individuals to end the world as we know it.

Up in smoke. Poof. Like we were never here at all.

Yup. It’s surreal. It must be a bad dream.

— Jillian

Photo: Mushroom cloud above Nagasaki after atomic bombing on August 9, 1945. Source: Charles Levy from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack/Wikimedia Commons