Apocalypse: CJ Reeves II

Is it just me, or does it seems like the idea of an impending apocalypse is the hot topic of conversation now days? Everywhere we turn the notion of proleptic danger looms steadily closer to our stratosphere. To put it bluntly, the phrase “The end is near” doesn’t hold a candle to the extensional melt-down that we seem to be facing in our sooner rather- than- later future. Gone are the days of scholars and academia burrowing into their books to crack the long encrypted code of our earths end. This is something everyone (and I mean everyone) is talking about. From movies, books, YouTube videos, essays, and media coverage, the apocalypse (also known as 2012) is exploding faster than our planet. But where does this mass mania come from? When and how did we even begin to think of an end to our planet?
Author Greg Garrard has one possible answer. In his fairly recent book Ecocriticism, Garrard makes it clear that some of human’s most ancient text are to blame. He claims widely accepted religious works (such as the Bible) helps enforce the idea of a rather violent apocalypse. This in turn causes the veil of social psychology to become rent and the magnitude of believers of this crisis thrives.
So why not save ourselves from a whole lot of headaches, and simply come to terms with not believing. This answer is not as easily done as it may sound. In Earth First: Environmental Apocalypse by Martha F. Lee, she references another critic whom states it is because America was built around the very notion that we were chosen by God that faith in such religious aspects persist. We can then assume that it is in our very nature to hold accountable some form of that faith, and use it to map out the continuation of our world.
Though many scholars debate the idea of religion blazing the trail of apocalyptic studies, it is not up to debate that some sort of dynamic change of our solar system will enviably take place. Whether it is 2012 or later; the world at large is cautioned to fasten our seat belts in hope to survive this bumpy ride.

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3 Responses to “Apocalypse: CJ Reeves II”

  1. amanda triplett Says:

    The apocalypse is definitely a hot topic for debate right now. People like something interesting, and the end of the world is something that can be discussed up, down, left and right— with extras left over.

    One idea that was generated while reading is the thought of the apocalypse and its relationship to the bible. Like you said CJ, the religious views of the apocalypse are rather violent. I wonder if it’s the violence that makes this thought thrive or the religiousness aspect. Would the reaction be just the same if the end of the world was a slow and steady but peaceful end? I doubt it. Violence grabs your attention and makes you think.

  2. Courtney Wendel Says:

    i think that a lot of people are talking about it now because our generation feels like it’s our responsibility to fix it (and any earlier we were just too young to either care or really understand what was going on). our aging parents aren’t going to fix it, our (un)born children can’t fix it now. so really that only leaves us.
    i would like to hear more about your “to hold accountable some form of that faith, and use it to map out the continuation of our world”. what would faith propose?
    in our technological age, i believe that our form of expressing satire is through our computers. YouTube is a good place to start. imagine if “A Modest Proposal” could have been made into a sarcastic movie like “The End of Ze World”! that would be hilarious.

  3. Summer Christiansen Says:

    Great videos! I especially liked the second that explained the history behind 2012. I thought it was great how she started the video off by listing tons of things people are afraid off. Like we talked about in class last week, fear can be a big factor in how people think about the end of the world. It can either give them a positive outlook on life and the end it all, such as trying to fix it before it’s too late, or scare them.
    Good job on the post.

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