Why Wish for Armageddon?
I've had a lesson the last few weeks. There are really people in the world- a lot of people, fairly mainstream people - who wish the world would end. Middle-class people with advanced degrees and careers.
I first heard this in a book I'm listening to in my car - American Theocracy. I suspected the case was being overstated. Page 3 of the Seattle Times today said the same thing. I went out and looked for evidence on the net. I found plenty.
First, if you know anything about history, there have been claims of immediately pending doom for at least two thousand years. I suspect as long as humans have been around. The Earth has been around for a lot longer than that. What makes anyone think this is the likely year-of-our-lord or year-of-the-asteroid-strike or year-of-our-lord-holding-an-asteroid-in-his-fist? You've got to admit, it's a little like playing the lottery. And many of these people have masters degrees.
Second. Why would you want the world to end in the first place? Is it that hard to find beauty? Sounds like a bunch of depressed folk that don't want to take responsibility for creating a better world, or even for sifting the one we have for the good news. Don't you have puppies? Children? At least flowers?
A spiritual teacher once told me the cure cure for depression and "poor me" syndrome was to go do something for someone else. Wouldn't it be nice to turn all the fear and energy going into actually wishing for disaster into helpful vounteerism?
I bet we could solve world hunger.