I guess maybe I’ve been watching and reading too much Sci-Fi lately, but the end of the world is on my mind. I look at where we, humanity, are right now and I wonder where there is left for us to go? Just how many years will it take us to nail this coffin shut?
If I believe in a second coming of Christ, it is the one Yogi Amrit Desai spoke of some years ago. He said that “Christ” would come again through the consciousness of the masses. I like that idea and in New Age circles it’s pretty popular. It’s the theory that something will happen that will cause a great shift. Like magic our hearts will open and compassion will spread through the land. Then we will be back in the garden once again.
But what has to happen first before we get there…if we get there? We are abusing our earth and her creatures so mindlessly. I myself am guilty of it. I read a book that tells me in detail the pain and suffering animals endure so that I can have eggs and cheese, yet I can not summon the willpower to give up those products. I push it out of my mind so that I can enjoy pizza and omelets. Everywhere you look people take more than they need, hoarding or throwing away the leftovers, while other people are hungry and homeless. The only thing that seems to pull a community together is tragedy. It’s only when tremendous loss is endured that people realize how much they need each other.
In the US especially we’re entrenched in a society of greed. These wars we’ve been fighting since 2003 are no longer about September 11th (if they ever were), but simply about oil and profits. The soldiers who come back are forever changed by what they experience there-whether physically or mentally. On the education front, we’re saddling our young people with enormous student loan debts while many of them won’t be able to get jobs when they graduate college. CEO’s are overpaying themselves and setting up shop in other countries where labor is cheap. But the kids keep going to college and they stay hopeful that education will guarantee them a job…maybe even a good one.
So, I read books like Oryx and Crake, where a young man with a God-complex creates a disease that wipes out humanity because to him humanity has reached the point of no return. Or I watch the show Dollhouse where human-beings are turned into slaves by erasing their original personalities and programing them with new ones. Eventually the technology falls into the wrong hands and the “dolls” and real humans are literally killing one another. Then there is the movie The Book of Eli where everyone’s illiterate because the written word was destroyed in lieu of technology that is, of course, non-existent in the post-apocalyptic world it is set in.
Most of that fiction sounds far-fetched, but when I realize that just this week I communicated with friends in India, Spain, California, Canada, and the Netherlands on the internet without thinking twice about it…anything is possible. (I remember a time when I couldn’t even talk on the phone to my friends from church because they lived 20 miles away and it was long distance.)
So if there is an apocalyptic event on the horizon (and man I hope it doesn’t happen in mine or my daughter’s lifetime)…we ought to get back to the basics-community. We might really need each other one day, so we should start now reaching out, connecting, and loving one another. Forget about the money and the stuff, what we really benefit from is each other.