Doomsday: Why the End Matters

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The End.  That is a great beginning, don’t you think?  Having an end in front of you is always going to pull your attention.  It’s like a focal point that draws your pen forward from the point you are on to the point you are going.  This is a function of the dimension of time:  sort of a gravity pulling each second in.  Outside of time we can barely think.  It’s like we are all fish out of the bowl, trying to ascertain the concept of life without the restraint of time.

Look at popular media.  Movies are constantly following the line of reason that time is of essence.  We understand it, and plot lines generally follow it.  Science fiction alters the concept and plays with what might be, and works out the “what if’s.”

The great end is the apocalypse.  This is the day when the world as we know it is supposed to end.  The major religions all point to this end, this judgment of mankind.  It is this end that mankind is pointed.  So many movies have been made about this, and so much imagination has been used to describe it.  Have you ever wondered why mankind wants to view such dismal event over and over?  The end is very popular, but why?

As I’ve stated having the end in view is certainly a place which focuses people, and you seem to get the best out of an experience the more focused you are.  So focusing on an end to our world, may be easier to grasp than the more personal end – death.  Actually another genre of fiction is about humans who never die.  The vampires, werewolves, the cloning, the artificial intelligence that creates eternal living for those doomed to suffer death.  Note that those who don’t die become monsters.  Death is what makes us human.

I’m wondering about our psyche as a whole, for sensationalizing doomsday really brings down the impact personally.  Maybe that’s it.  If we throw the seriousness of the concept into the realm of make believe, then we are glossing over the horrific end.  If we all go together is the end easier to accept?  Well it certainly makes for greater drama.  The Book of Revelations warns us not to add to the prophecy nor to take away from it, so no wonder why no one has made a decent film based on that  written account.

So in the end our mortality is what really defines us as people.  Would we not change the things we do and the way we lived if we could perceive what our just rewards are?  Would we not try to add days to our lives if we knew the consequences of our habits and lifestyles?  Say for instance if we knew that eating certain food would stop us from dying in three years from cancer, would we make the changes necessary?

If you knew you had three months of living left, what would you do with your time?  Would you write a book, would you travel, would you spend your time with the love of your life?  So having an end in mind really gets you thinking, doesn’t it?  But if we all are going to hell in a hand basket, then that really doesn’t really focus anyone.  That’s why the spiritual books focus on a divide between the “sheep” and the “goats.”  By giving one responsibility over their actions and behavior, the purpose becomes much more clear.  But thinking that doomsday is going to motivate humanity as a whole to improve, I would say NOT.  The “Eat, drink and be merry” crowd will party on the way down and never notice unless they either (1) have no food, (2) have no drink, or (3) can’t make merry.  Still makes me wonder why doomsday films are popular at all.  Your take?


2 Responses to “Doomsday: Why the End Matters”

  1. 1 AMK
    June 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I resonate when you mention strange things people believe.

    A few years back I was working in Ipswich. Suddenly the custodian said,” you don’t believe we ever really had a man on the moon do you?” I was struck. That was the first time I heard anything like that.

    He was working where years before people who lived there had seen things in the night sky and on their property and Washington, D.C. believed that and came to photograph and investigate and found a circle and prints. But now it was all hush hush and the people who saw something called emotional.

    I am the sort for no nonsense and all reality and no fairy tales.

    But there are gifted people who are more poetic or seers etc.

    Most seers will be debunked. But they are proven right over time by their fruits.

    Now I know your subject went on and I picked up on a very small part and went on to my subjects.

    But it does surprise one when people come up with weird stuff.

    One has to be careful such as the fringe Tea Party people and violent stuff.

    Hitler they say was full of charisma and got elected but then look what we got. So be careful.

  2. 2 agesiaarity
    June 24, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Very Good site, thank yo mister, it’s help’s me!

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