At the End of the World

We have come to the end and peer into an abyss. What do you see? The world, as we know it, is gone. What has changed? You and me?

Have you heard the story about the little boy who cried wolf? Whenever he held watch over the fold of sheep, he thought it was hilarious to watch the whole village run out to the fields when he would shout, “WOLF! WOLF!” He ignored the rebuke of the village elders. When he thoroughly trained the village to ignore his cries, a wolf finally appeared and that was the end of the child. In the end, he did not laugh.

What can be said of this generation of ours? Which is more foolish: the childish mind that sensationalizes doomsday prophecies for viewership and advertising dollars, or the childish mind that has not learned to ignore false alarms? While the former loses credibility, the latter appears to get what they deserve. Who knows the meaning of these words:

Fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me!

We have heard many prophesies of doom in this generation, but countless are such prophesies in the annals of humankind. Some wail that this may be the one time the proverbial “wolf” actually appears. The analogy breaks down here, though. What do you think you can do if the end of the world is truly at hand?

cemeteryAt the end of the world we peer into an abyss and what do we see? We see folly and fear. How can anyone truly live when all they do is worry about doom and death. The answer is simple: they cannot. They exist in the endless darkness of an abyss created with fear and folly. To some, the passing of the Mayan Apocalypse without a physical end to the world may simple mean they are condemned to continue with a miserable existence. After all, we still have to deal with all the other seemingly impossible problems facing humankind. Of course, these problems are bound to appear impossible when you peer out from the dark abyss of fear and folly. It is time to step into the light.

The Lady of Rains recently wrote about gratitude. Gratitude seems to be a trait of the light. When we do not appreciate what we have, we are left wanting more. The relationship between gratitude and greed seems inversely proportional: the less we appreciate the things we have, the greater our desire for more things. It is this very lack of gratitude that is depleting our planetary resources. It is greed that precipitated a global economic collapse four years ago. The fear of losing worldly treasures drives us to accumulate to excess, and does not allow time to be grateful for what we do have. Gratitude is the antithesis of greed, and it is not too late to step out of the darkness and into the light. The bard sings:

Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven

There are signs that more and more people are rejecting the abyss. I suspect the stress of the Mayan Apocalypse may have been the “straw that broke the camel’s back.” No, this world did not meet a cataclysmic end on December 21st, 2012. However, the question remains as to whether the “world as we knew it” ended on that day. One thing we should know for certain is that the doomsayers are very negative people.

 

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2 thoughts on “At the End of the World

  1. Hah- I have a post scheduled a few days from now about the end of the world and why it’s not that big of a deal as long as people quit panicking. That said, thanks for the shout-out 🙂 I’m delighted and honored to have been a source of inspiration.

  2. “I’m delighted and honored to have been a source of inspiration.”

    You are an excellent muse. 😉 What you write is important (in my opinion), also!

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