What drives the fascination millions of people have with doomsday/apocalypse scenarios which makes them think their generation is the last or
chosen one to endure humanity’s end times?
I first started coming to this website in the mid 2000s and while it has certainly changed in many ways over time, one aspect that hasn’t changed is
members’ fascination with threads about doomsday scenarios.
You would think the thought of this planet’s annihilation would frighten people and be a taboo topic, but it just seems to attract and intrigue most
of us into reading more and speculating.
If you think we live in exciting times and big changes are just around the corner, what makes your prediction any more solid than the countless
other failed predictions?
People always claim to have evidence that their prediction is accurate, so let’s see what you have. Are we living in the end times and what
makes you believe we are on the cusp of monumental change?
edit on 18-10-2017 by Incandescent because: (no reason given)
I don't know about anyone else but I usually stray away from the doom porn although I do agree that there is a sizeable group who have always been
about who do get a little excited over doom porn cc.2012.
I personally do think though that it would be really cool to see the end of the world, in a kind of "lets sit out and watch" type of thing. Its
twisted and wired I know, but I do think it would be interesting to see how this whole story that is humanity ends.
Having faith in an omnipotent being is easy, how can you lose. But having faith in your fellow man, now THAT takes some serious faith. People just
assume the very worse in people because people exhibit so many bad behaviors in life. People are greedy, selfish, self-centered, mean, uncaring,
mischievous, bored, callous, vengeful, etc.
The thing is at any given moment or time in history, there is always an equal amount of evidence so support a positive or negative view of humanity.
"Man is the measure of all things." But I really think the New Age philosophers got it right when they say, "Each of us creates our own reality." I
think how we see the world and The Doom is a choice. We either choose to have faith in our fellow man. Or we let FUD consume our point of views.
I think there are different reasons, depending upon the person.
One of them is that there is something exciting about the possible demise of our current infrastructure and society. A chance to experience our most
primal self- having our actions directly related to survival.
Modern life is such that we are so far separated from the earth and our bodies.... to live often boils down to getting money. But money is simply the
way to get food, shelter, belongingness.
Our food comes in styrofoam and plastic wrapping, our warmth and light comes from appliances that we don't know how to build, running off electricity
that is produced elsewhere. Our homes are built by someone else, our children are educated by big institutions and we travel so fast in enclosed
vehicles, we don't really experience the ground or the air.
The idea of being left with nothing, drawing upon our instincts, primal emotions and creativity is somewhat exciting.
What drives the fascination millions of people have
What drives the fascination millions of people have with anything ? Our species is easily fascinated. Like the cartoon dog in the animated movie "UP''
that when focusing on one thing is so easily distracted by a passing ''SQUIRREL.
And then there is always this bit.
But now, for something completely different, back to doom porn.
Mass media creating mass culture. Huge blockbuster movies and TV shows. One tv program called Scorpion has a bunch of misfit saving the whole world
from extinction each and every week. Post apocalyptic and zombie shows abound. One fails and another pops up to replace it. These shows are, well,
zombies, one dies and another replaces it. The message, the doom porn message, is pumped into western culture like a junkie pumps H into a vein.
Why? Because it sells.
And why does it sell?
Many reasons too numerous and complex to elaborate on here that range from our simple desire to pump adrenaline through our systems to outright
existential conundrums that may or may not lay at the core of all of our beings.
Take that and overlay it on top of a culture that is historically embedded in the Bible and all it's tales of earth shattering scenarios, floods and
plagues and the fire next times and it should be no wonder how easily we are treated to eschatological considerations.
My interest began in the 50s when we had to duck and cover in school for air raids. Not just any air raids but BIG air raids. Not a threat that little
Terry could run home to for safety, or maybe run to another town for safety, or jump on an air plane and fly to another country for saftey, but rather
the complete annihilation of little Terry, and the other students as well, and his teachers, and his parents, his whole family, and every single
person he might ever know. Exploding and burning in a second to fine ash, if he was lucky.
Juxtaposing that with those Bible passages that claimed ''not the water but the fire next time'' and you catch that drift.
Let me ask you. Might it be that this ''doom porn'' fascination is preventing us from really acknowledging how close we are to the brink? That #ing
bomb and all it's brothers and all it's ugly sisters of mass annihilation that we have born upon ourselves over the last half century, are they real
or just a figment of our mass imaginations?
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