Here’s a reminder for fundagelical watchers like myself that not all Armageddons involve religious predictions and mythologies. Here’s a very real apocalyptic possibilty: the sociopolitical meltdown predicted to come with declining availability of cheap, readily available oil.
Apparently, our obsession with apocalypse means we’re really not rational about preparing for apocalypse.
The trouble with apocalypse is that most people have already seen it at the movie theater, watched it on television, read it in a book, or heard all about it from the pulpit. So inundated with the language of crisis are we that we have become immune to it. From the perspective of the historian our age has been chock full of “great transformations.” And, it is, after all, the historian’s business to write about great change even if he or she has to invent some.
(from “The Trouble With Apocalypse” by Kurt Cobb. Read it here.)