All I know is that probably since the dawn of man, every generation has thought at one time that they were "it" and something awful was going to happen in their life times, ending the world as we know it.....
1096 - 1291 Crusades
1337 - 1453 Hundred Years' War
1420 - 1436 Hussite Wars
1455 - 1485 Wars of the Roses
1454 - 1466 Thirteen Years' War. Between Poland and Teutonic Knights, which finally broke the power of the latter.
Pike and Shot
1568 - 1648 Eighty Years' War (war of Dutch independence)
1588 Defeat of the Spanish Armada
1618 - 1648 Thirty Years' War across Europe, ends with the Peace of Westphalia.
1639 - 1652 English Civil War
1648 - 1660 The Deluge/Northern War, A series of wars involving Poland, Sweden, Prussia, Russia and Transylvania and Denmark
1652 - 1654 First Anglo-Dutch War
1664 - 1667 Second Anglo-Dutch War including the capture of New Amsterdam, renamed New York City
1672 - 1674 Third Anglo-Dutch War
1672 - 1678 Franco-Dutch War
1680 - 1684 Fourth Anglo-Dutch War
1689 - 1698 War of the Grand Alliance
1700 - 1721 Great Northern War between a coalition of Denmark/Norway, Russia and Saxony/Poland on one side and Sweden on the other side
1710 - 1711 Russo-Turkish War, 1710-11, a part of the Great Northern War
1702 - 1713 Queen Anne's War The North American part of the War of Spanish Succession
1701 - 1714 War of Spanish Succession
1736 - 1739 Russo-Turkish War, 1736-39
1739 - 1742 War of Jenkins' Ear
1740 - 1742 1st Silesian War
1744 - 1748 King George's War The North American part of the War of Austrian Succession
1740 - 1748 War of the Austrian Succession
1744 - 1745 2nd Silesian War
1756 - 1763 Seven Years' War, known as the French and Indian War in the United States, and also 3rd Silesian War
1754 - 1763 French and Indian War or the Seven Years' War
1768 - 1774 Russo-Turkish War, 1768-74
1775 - 1781 American Revolutionary War
1787 - 1792 Russo-Turkish War, 1787-92
1792 War in defence of the constitution
1789 - 1815 French Revolutionary Wars / Napoleonic Wars
Battle of Trafalgar 1805
Battle of Waterloo 1815
Age of Rifles
1806 - 1812 Russo-Turkish War, 1806-12
1808 - 1809 The Finnish War between Russia and Sweden wherein Sweden cedes Finland to Russia
1812 - 1814 War of 1812 fought between the United States and Great Britain, and part of the greater war between Great Britain and France
1821 - 1829 Greek War of Independence
1828 - 1829 Russo-Turkish War, 1828-29
1830 - 1831 Polish-Russian war following November Uprising
1835 Toledo War between US territory of Michigan and the US state of Ohio
1839 - 1842 First Anglo-Afghan War
1843 - 1872 Several Maori Land Wars in New Zealand
1846 - 1848 Mexican War between the United States and Mexico
1848 - 1849 Hungarian Revolt of 1848 waged by Hungary against Austria and later Russia
1848 - 1851 First war of Schleswig
1850 - 1865 Taiping Rebellion
1854 - 1856 Crimean War.
1857 - 1901 Caste War of Yucatán
1859 - 1860 Italian Independence War
1861 - 1865 American Civil War in the United States
1864 Second war of Schleswig
1866 Austro-Prussian War (aka Seven Weeks War)
1866 - 1868 Red Cloud's War between the Lakota and the United States
1870 - 1871 Franco-Prussian War
1872 - 1873 Modoc War between the Modoc and the United States
1876 - 1877 Black Hills War between the Lakota and the United States
1877 - 1878 Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78
1839 - 1842 Second Anglo-Afghan War
1887 - 1889 Italo-Abyssinian War
1895 - 1896 First Italo-Abyssinian War
1894 - 1895 First Sino-Japanese War
1898 Spanish-American War
1899 - 1902 Boer War in South Africa
World War era
1905 Russo-Japanese War
1912 - 1913 Two Balkan Wars are fought for control of European territories of Ottoman Empire 1914 - 1918 World War I, initially in Europe, then worldwide
1917 - 1918 Russian Revolution
1918 Finnish Civil War, fought between "the reds" (rebellious Socialists) and "the whites" (anti-Socialists) in the aftermath of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. Germany intervened on the side of the Whites.
1918 - 1922 Russian Civil War, fought between "the reds" (Communists) and "the whites" (tsarists) directly after the Bolshevist Revolution. US, France and Great Britain also intervened to "kill communism in the crib."
1918 - 1920 Estonian Liberation War, Estonia against Soviet Russia and the Germans.
1918 Polish-Czech war in Teschen Silesia
1918 - 1919 Poland and Lwow against Westukrainian Republic
1918 - 1919 Great Poland Uprising, Provinz Posen against Germany
1919 Third Anglo-Afghan War
1919 First Silesian Uprising
1919 - 1921 Polish-Soviet war Poland and Ukrainian Peoples Republic against Soviets
1920 Second Silesian Uprising Silesian Poles against Germany
1921 Third Silesian Uprising Silesian Poles against Germany
1934 - 1936 Northern Expedition by Kuomintang
1935 - 1936 Second Italo-Abyssinian War
1936 - 1939 Spanish Civil War
1937 - 1945 Second Sino-Japanese War
1939 - 1941 World War II: Poland,British Empire, France against Germany, Italy, Soviet Union
1941 - 1945 World War II: (British Empire, United States, Soviet Union and others against fascist Germany, Italy, and Japan).
Cold War era
1945 - 1949 Chinese Civil War
1946 - 1954 First Indochina War
1947 - 1949 First Kashmir War between India and Pakistan
1948 - 1949 First Arab-Israeli War
1950 - 1953 Korean War (UN-led coalition Vs. North Korea)
1956 Suez Crisis (Second Arab-Israeli War)
1962 - 1963 Sino-Indian War
1964 - 1973 Vietnam War between US-led coalition including government of South Vietnam and coalition including Viet Cong and North Vietnam
1965 Second Kashmir War (Second Indo-Pakistani War)
1967 Six-Day War (Third Arab-Israeli War)
1969 Football War between Honduras and El Salvador.
1971 Bangladesh War of Independence (Third Indo-Pakistani War)
1973 Yom Kippur War (Fourth Arab-Israeli War)
1974 - 1991 Ethiopian Civil War
1975 - 1991 Lebanese Civil War
1979 - 1989 Soviet-Afghan War
1980 - 1988 Iran-Iraq War
1982 Falklands War between United Kingdom and Argentina
Post-Cold War era
1989 - 1990 Operation Just Cause, United States invades Panama
1991 Gulf War between Iraq and UN-led coalition
1991 Slovene War of Independence
1991 - 1995 Croatian War of Independence
1992 - 1995 Bosnian Civil War
1994 - 1996 First Chechen War
1998 - 1999 Kosovo War (NATO Vs. Yugoslavia)
1999 Second Chechen War
2001 Invasion of Afghanistan
2003 Invasion of Iraq
My belief is that those who fear the reaper, think of a world where everyone has already died and they are fighting for survival, going out with a fight knowing they are one of the few standing, it's puts more perspective on their life because of their doubts of God. They want to fight and crawl it's almost like DNA in some of us have a '' doomsday longing ''. I think that is where all the inspiration comes from the movies and from some of the posts. We all want the world to do with as we want and use what we when we want, the only way that is accomplished is by being the last one standing.
I have noticed in this day and age when a natural disaster happens, it is discussed and posted about soo much that it becomes magnified and actually twists weak minds into thinking the end is near.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I don't believe nature or God has instilled these things in us, but society and religions ruled and used by men to manipulate us with these things.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
These things weren't embraced willingly by the masses when they were first introduced, rather they were for the most part instilled by the sword and those millions of first nations people who wouldn't subscribe to them put to the sword and eliminated, as these constructs were gradually made fixtures of familiar and state society over centuries of repitition and powerful and wealthy institutions that simply would not go away and not stop spinning the yarns.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I don't feel I have over annalyzed because the reality is these are the things that are at the base of doom and gloom prophecies, religion, overly militant and authoritarian tyranical states, fear and a love of high drama.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
When something as familiar as our present religious constructs become so ingrained in a society, it does get very hard to see beyond them, especially when they offer that vague promise of heavenly rewards or infernal punishments for not subscribing to them as well as the peer pressure of the masses.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I think we should revere and respect the planet, that which is real and lives around us, and most of all one another.
The Judaen concepts of religion as put forth by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is slavery to the belief of an unseen force that is not interactive in human terms and ways, that books written thousands of years ago are used to enslave the masses to these ideas.
Why would I place an imagined unseen entity over my friends, loved ones, family, and nature and the earth itself.
Why would I try harder to serve it than those who I love.
It really is a slavery based system that is based on an authoritarian state, excessive laws, heavy punishments, slavery war and taxation.
Read the original ten commandments objectively and that's what it is, it describes such a system.
A system you are extolled to take on faith, not evidence, a system where the greatest rewards don't come in this lifetime but the next.
You might as well as raise your hand and say, slavery it's for me!
Its irrational to believe that the cause of our tendency to fixate on dangers, fear, and doom, has been caused by groups of people. Its much more likely that this feature already existed in people, and that this feature actually caused religion, etc.
You have absolutely no evidence of what things people were and were not willing to embrace when religion was first introduced, and it for CERTAIN was not shoved down the throats of the masses at sword point. Because religion predates metal work. You are mistaking the forcing of people to convert from one religion to another with the advent of religion itself, apparently.
The big three middle eastern religions are not the be all and end all of religion. And in one example, the Hawaiian pre-Christian religion, you can clearly see that their "Gods" are related to their fears, not vice versa. Volcanoes were not created to deal with Pele, Pele was created to deal with the fear of Volcanoes, and to provide an illusion of control over the uncontrollable by anthropomorphizing them into a "Goddess" whom one could then hope to appeal to, with bribes, obedience, etc.
All roads really DONT lead to Rome. Or even the middle eastern religions. Humanity is a lot more than the last 2000 odd years.
Exploring "apocalyptic" theories is also not a "negative" as you seem to want to claim. You seem to be pretending that this ability/tendency offers us no benefit. Which is clearly ridiculous. Everything from trying to stay a step ahead of viruses, to planning to climate change, to early tribes fortifying their camps to prevent night time raids are examples of this tendency being used in ways most people do not think of as dysfunctional. Your mindset is conspiratorial perhaps, and you think all these scientists and leaders are doing this just to control the people. What you arent willing apparently to recognize, is that our leaders are driven by the same fears, the same preoccupation with doom, and prevention of it.
Studies of dreams also indicate that at least one type of dream seems dedicated to rehearsing "fight or flight" which in your waking life, you may only get one real chance at. I see this even with my cat, who often dreams he is fighting, (he vocalizes in his sleep) and he hasnt been in more than one little tiff in his life.
You are mistaking cause and effect.
And when something as familiar as religious constructs are part of someones personal cultural experience, it CAN get hard to see past them. And the "fear the enemy" tendency of humans can be applied TO them, by those who dont accept them as dogma. I suppose its also hard for those who grew up in such a way that these were powerful dominating forces to understand that not everyone is that enamored or influenced by them. And that they are relatively young powers, and certainly not responsible for traits that are universal in normal humans.
My personal take on all the gloom and doom of late is "I know things are bad and getting worse. I'm doing what I can about it and enjoying the moments of my life while they're still enjoyable." More than that, I can not do.
An interesting aspect is the fight or flight mechanism.
Sometimes when it comes to the apathetical, lazy, or timid, the only time they will actually take part in resolute action is when cornered and they have to fight versus flee....
October 9th, 2010 (UK financial times)
Fears of a global food crisis swept the world’s commodity markets as prices for staples such as corn, rice and wheat spiralled after the US government warned of “dramatically” lower supplies.
An especially hot summer in the US, droughts in countries including Russia and Brazil and heavy rain in Canada and Europe have hit many grain and oilseed crops this year. This has raising concern of a severe squeeze in food supplies and a repeat of the 2007-08 food crisis.
The US Department of Agriculture, in a closely watched report, predicted that the country’s stocks of corn would halve to their lowest levels in 14 years....
“I think we have a food crisis right now,” said Hussein Allidina, head of commodities research at Morgan Stanley....
The USDA shocked traders by forecasting in its monthly report that the country’s corn farmers would harvest about 12.7bn bushels in the 2010-11 crop year that started in September. This is down 4 per cent from the USDA’s previous estimate.
The drop would slash the country’s stocks to 900m bushels, the lowest level since 1996-97. The USDA also cut wheat and soya production estimates.... patdollard.com...
The Strategic Grain Reserve
February 5, 2011
....Now let’s look at the present situation. Prices are on the rise and the following article really grabbed my interest again on the topic of wheat and reserves (or lack thereof):
Global food prices hit new record high [Feb 3, 2011]
Algeria last week said it had bought almost a million tonnes of wheat, bringing its bread wheat purchases to at least 1.75 million since the start of January, and ordered an urgent speeding up of grain imports, a move aimed at building stocks....
Severe drought in the Black Sea last year, heavy rains in Australia and dry weather in Argentina and anticipation of a spike in demand after unrest in north Africa and the Middle East has also helped drive grain prices even higher.
China Puts More Grain Reserve on Market [Dec 9, 2010]
The reserve included 1.8 million tonnes of corn, 4.5 million tonnes of wheat, 2.1 million tonnes of rice and 296,000 tonnes of soybean, the NDRC said.
Previous figures showed a total of 25.5 million tonnes of stockpiled grain and cooking oil had been released on to the market since the end of October.
Time, causation and free will:
Not only are persons spread out through worlds, but they, like everything else, are quantized through time in any given world. Time is a series of moments, and a person who exists at a moment exists there forever in four-dimensional spacetime, rather than being transformed continuously through the flow of time. Such change and flow are mythical, Deutsch argues.
The argument doesn't strictly require the multiverse hypothesis, because deterministic physics since Newton has implied that the openness of the future is an illusion, and consequently that free will is an illusion. (This conclusion could be avoided by adopting compatibilism. Also, collapse interpretations of quantum mechanics imply both indeterminism and an open future).
What the multiverse adds to a block time theory is an attenuated account of common sense's ideas of causation and free will. Although an effect can't be changed by its cause, the counterfactuals that causal statements support are true. If the cause hadn't occurred, the effect would not have occurred.
For the multiverse, which is "to a first approximation" a very large number of co-existing and slightly interacting spacetimes, includes universes in which the cause doesn't occur and its effect doesn't occur. And although the "me-copy" in this spacetime could not have done otherwise, there are me-copies in other worlds that actually do otherwise (thus, the common-sense idea that, in choosing one course of action, one refrains from another, is not retained). There is a branching of these me-copies that validates my sense that my future is open, in contrast to spacetime physics.
However, the open future of common sense is a myth. As defined by the Darwinist framework, there is no flow of time dividing the actualities of the past from the unactualized potentialities of the future.