Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Doomsday Deceptions?

My first memories of the doomsday talk phenomenon begin with the Y2K scare in 1999. Even then, at that young age, I wasn't persuaded to panic. There was much I didn't know or understand regarding the situation, but deep down, I never had doubts about the future based on the information that was being spread around. After that, we got all the 2012 talk, which grew so commonplace it led to a big screen motion picture. Even now, claims of various versions of last days prophecies persist. And lately I've been wondering: what if it's all a lie?

Think about it. Someone whose constantly in fear and anxiety can't be expected to make sound, reasonable, or healthy decisions. In that state of mind, we tend to care less, and live far less productive lives. Under that pretext, its not difficult to imagine a scenario where doomsday deceptions were invented as a massive distraction, and deterrent to certain types of activities. Especially, activities that are in agreement with supporting a worthwhile future and shared existence with the planet and Life as a whole.

I've noticed as time goes on that where I live, more and more people are less attentive, more agitated, and quicker to anger over the seemingly smallest things. There seems to be less concern, less restraint, and more apathy in general. Thankfully this is not the case for all, but this is a reflection of common behaviors observed daily. I can't help but wonder if all the constant bombardment of end times suggestions has left many feeling like there's no point to going forward anyway, to the degree that much, if not most of our aspirations and actions amount to little more than walking a treadmill. And when people don't care, they're easier to exploit.

I'm just posing a question. Was it all a big trick to convince us to stop caring, stop trying, and stop dreaming? Its hard to ignore the fact that every time one of these publicly-made proclamations doesn't come to pass, (incidentally: most major, life-affecting announcements aren't made publicly) another claim soon rises to take its place, perpetuating the cycle. By the way, apocalypse and Armageddon don't even mean “the end of the world”. In fact, if one stops to reflect upon the literal definition of the former, it can very easily be interpreted to indicate a beneficial, rather than unfortunate, event.

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