With all the apocalyptic fiction and fascination going around, have you ever wondered why so many people are looking forward to the end of the world as we know it? Have you ever found it strange that people want the world to be destoryed? I’ve thought about this quite a bit lately, and I don’t think it’s just because of December 21, 2012…
There are a few reasons I think normal people wouldn’t mind the end of the world happening, and that they in fact wish for it!
Here they are in no particular order:
1) Politics – People are so damn tired of being lied to and having no control over how we live our lives. Different countries have different issues, but it all comes down to lies and those in government using us to get what they want. I think in some way we all wish for the ‘systems’ to be completely taken away so that we could start again and build something real… Isn’t that a great thought?
2) Finances – Debt and money suck. There’s no arguing that. The cost of everything is rising and people are struggling to get by, and that just adds stress to life. If something would happen where money didn’t exist and people had to work for, find, or trade for the things they needed, they might feel more in control of their world. Wouldn’t it beat the hell out of worrying if you were going to get evicted from your house, or not have the money to buy gas just to drive back and forth to work? Apocalypse = bye, bye money!
3) Human Nature – Technology is slowly stripping us of the basest of human interaction, and it’s getting to the point where we’re almost completely dependant on it to survive. The basic instincts that make us human are being lost, or rather, buried deep.
Example: There’s something in a man that makes him want to stake his claim on something physical and protect it, but the way society works today you can’t do that (if you want to stay out of jail!). It’s like above with the finances…there’s this helpless feeling knowing you can’t do anything about a situation because your hands are tied and someone can kick you and your family out of your house over money. You can’t stand up and defend what’s yours, you can’t fight for it. If a man stood at his door with a shotgun and physically defended his house and his family when someone came to remove them, it would be all over the news and people would be calling him crazy, where in truth…he’s being human, being a man.
We’ve lost the beauty in being connected with who we truly are. Yes, there are bad parts to base animalistic instincts, but there are good things we’re losing too.
This really becomes evident in society with dating rituals, role reversals, etc, but we won’t go into that.
4) Overpopulation/Nature – We all know that the world is over populated and is currently straining the Earth’s resources (and will just get worse the more the population grows). If most of the population was wiped out in some way, the Earth would have an easier time keeping up, and ‘nature’ could reclaim what humanity has taken from it.
If the apocalypse happened, you could rebuild society/government, have new control over finacial/aquiring situations (even if it’s through taking what you wanted), get back in touch with human nature because you would be reviving what’s buried deep within by today’s society, and cut the population.
Basically, the apocalypse means a grand ‘do over’ to fix everything that we feel is wrong with the world, and I think that’s why it appeals to so many people. It’s like taking back control over everything that has gotten out of hand. If you’re one of the lucky ones who has made it out alive, that is. That’s one of the kickers right there – the human lottery of who survives.
Who wouldn’t like for all the a-holes of the world to be wiped out, and a few, good, strong people surviving to rebuild the world? Unfortunately, it won’t happen like that though. If/when things do go down, good and bad people will still be around. But, with the return of strength to human nature and survival instincts, you might not have as much trouble dealing with them – you’ll be allowed to punch them in the mouth (or worse) if they bother you.
I hope if it does happen, that the people who survive want to rebuild and rebirth humanity in a positive way.
Anyways, these are just some of the reasons I think some people want the apocalypse to happen, whether they realize it or not. I hope they have made you think of about what the world is and what it could be, should the apocalypse happen.
Oh, and if you like scifi apocalyptic fiction, feel free to check out Earth’s End, edited by me, with a story about elderly cyborgs by me! LOL
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