Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Reference: Hollywood does the apocalypse, Bangkok Post, November 17, 2009
Jesus Christ and other prophets that came before him, in his time, and after him, were called prophets because the crux of their message was a prophecy of the end of the world. The large supply and demand for these prophecies serve as evidence that we crave or need apocalypse to loom up ahead as part of our existence. In modern times alleged apocalyptic ends of the world have included annihilation by nuclear war, death by overpopulation or by UV radiation through the ozone hole, and the destruction of the world by geological mayhem in 2012, by global warming in 2100, or by plagues or space aliens in at some unspecified time in the future. The continued popularity of Hollywood movies that portray these horrors and the current obsession with the end of the world by climate change serve as further evidence that, for reasons not well understood, we need Armageddon in our life. It is as if we have an Apocalypse gene in our DNA.