Well, the “End Of The World” associated with Friday’s purported conclusion of the Mayan calendar has come, and gone, and we’re all still here. Yay! I know a lot of us had big fun with that and will no doubt have big fun mocking the next “End Of The World” to come!
The irony, at least for me, is that for all my mocking of those who believe in things like prophecies and such, I am just as fascinated as they are with all those big, dramatic “End Of The World” scenarios in all their varied incarnations (though I tend to prefer the Sci-Fi variety). Further, I suspect that this common fascination is also motivated by a similar desire for Mankind to come face-to-face with some kind of ultimate, “teachable moment” that will somehow force us to change our “evil” ways.
But unlike the “true believers” out there, I have very little “faith” that Mankind would actually change after such an event. While others look to the past for hints about calamities to come, what I’ve learned from history is that the changes, if any, that humans make after tragic events are usually very short lived. Sooner or later, we return to the “concrete-bound range of the immediate moment” thinking that got us into trouble in the first place.
So, while I am powerfully moved by “teachable moments” like those depicted in great movie clips like these…
I know that no kind of close call, however frightening and dramatic, can force people to do the one thing we’ve refused to do for as long as we’ve walked this Earth:
Carefully consider the long-term consequences
before acting on our short-term whims…
I want ice water.
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