Covid-19 and 5G have brought once again the question of apocalypse as described in the Bible. I won’t bother you with excerpts or passages to prove a point. My analysis has very little to what is being said. Rather, I will focus on what is not being said.
Human civilization has existed for approximately 6000 years (perhaps more, not important). During this time people shared stories in order to understand what the fuck was going on around them. These stories were often shared from old people that lived through catastrophes. Some of these stories had common parts. Revealed the same human weaknesses. A pattern started to emerge.
Enter modern human history. One religion, Christianity, managed to eliminate all others, absorb their good parts and adopt them into a canon you see today as the “Bible”. And not just Christianity. All the 5 major religions we witness today are nothing but the “winners” that managed to eliminate small cults and adopt their stories, customs and rules. Sorry Christians, but that’s just how it went down.
Nonetheless, Christians understand that the meaning of the Bible is not to be taken literally. There are moral lessons behind every story that can reflect modern life. The reason these stories propagated through the ages is exactly because their message resonated with every single generation through the ages. The apocalypse stories are no different. Same allegories seemed to be echoing no matter the historical period.
People saw empires rise and fall. They noticed how the climate was changing when a calamity was upon them. Soon enough these served as “signs of the days” and they served as warning for the rest. It is not surprising that we also invented a central authority figure to place as responsible for this loop we found ourselves in. We need a God, a government, someone to blame or someone to worship in case we are in trouble.
And we had to do this because humans are pretty bad with their perceptions. Dogs can sense earthquakes, birds can sense rain. We can barely sense our own shit sometimes. We are not so in touch with the environment so we have invented stories to keep us up on our toes. Our bodies lacked, so we used our half-assed narratives as a reminder.
Religious people watch societal decadence and they take it as a sign that collapse is imminent. While Jesus might not necessarily come, an end to an era is surely approaching because we are ticking way too many “apocalypse story” boxes. There is little group cohesion, environmental volatility, the economic system has created a massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, common morals and ethos are not shared. All these can be seen through the Bible stories as signs for the second coming. And not just Bible stories. Other religions share similar themes.
This is not a process that lasts one or two decades but rather centuries. Often we forget how scale impacts human history. The industrial revolution was a curse to the human race. And not in the religious sense. Technology increased exponentially to the point that it can be characterized as if God gave humans matches and placed them in a paper factory. Our fuck ups with the industrial revolution reflected just a few decades later when we detonated nuclear warheads on each another. And we still do play with dangerous toys bullying one another like high-school kids, not understanding how everything is hanging by a thread. Not comprehending that we are a generation that has found itself in the eye of the storm and shit is about to hit the fan.
Jesus is not likely to descent shooting lasers out of his eyes. The dead might not rise. We might not all end up in paradise or a flaming pit. These might indeed be coping mechanisms we have invented to go along our stories. But if we want to understand our future and prepare for it, we need to examine our past much more methodically and critically. To be able to read between the lines. It is at this point that I have to align my thoughts with S. Kierkegaard since this post is getting way too long.
“A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.”