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His "Propagandists" would waltz in to some area and declare the end of the world, the arrival of the Mahdi (messiah), and the Final Judgement
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edit on 15-10-2013 by Bybyots because: .
reply to post by Mugen
You remember those thin full color picture books that can sometimes be found in hobby stores that sell military miniatures that have all the images of soldier's in uniform with their equipment from different historical periods?
I hope so, because I do and I can't find the damned things now on the web.
Anyway, this thread got me to thinking that it might be fun to do a series on some of the stranger armies and soldiers from history. Something like "History's Weird Warriors". So there might be an encore after all. The idea is up for grabs if you want to do a few. I can help with formatting if you would like or need the help.
I don't know who next, Gurkhas? Sikhs? Roman Mithraists?
I'm just curious, if anyone happens to still be paying attention. What kind of society, or maybe, what would be the qualities of a society that could be so easily thrown in to turmoil at the mere mention of the end of the world and the Final Judgement?
I think that they would have to be very isolated and feeding off of some sort of doctrine that encouraged that isolation. At least in this day and age. Previous to secularization, this was probably fairly easy to accomplish in many parts of Europe and the Colonies. After secularization, there is just other groups pointing at the panicked group asking, "What's wrong with them?" or maybe after they hear about the mass suicide on the news, "What was wrong with them?".
Getting one person to become convinced that the world is ending is one thing, but getting a whole community to do it en masse is another. It makes me wonder about post 20th century occult organizations in America and Europe, seems to me that they would be the perfect little microcosms within which to "pull a Hassan".
Anyone have any thoughts on that weirdness?
Amoral as it may be, political assassination has the potential to saves lives.
Wars can be avoided, tyrants dethroned, regimes changed...
Better to remove the head of state than to drag the state into full scale conflict. One for the many right?