It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)...
"Fire and Ice"-- Robert Frost
SOME say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
I've been thinking a lot about the end of the world lately. Pessimistic, I know, but it just seems to happen. My dad is convinced that we're living in the end times and that President Bush is going to get us all nuked and dead. Religious fanatics are always predicting the end of the world, we were all supposed to die at the turn of the millennium, and between global warming and other ways we're polluting our planet, it seems like an environmental Armageddeon is imminent. (Catastrophes like Katrina and the tsunami seem to support the last one.)
I don't know what to think, quite frankly. Do I trust that we will just go on living, go on eating and drinking and fighting and fucking, bombing eachother and breathing carbon dioxide and construncting elaborate theories and philosophies? Just hope for the best and do what I can to stop the war, help the environment, etc? Or do I give in to the total pessimist within me? I know that the world has to end sometime, but I really don't want to think it will end in my lifetime, or my children's lifetimes.
Then there's that whole Mayan calendar ending in 2012 deal...
My question is this: what do you think on the subject, Lyd? Do you think the world will end (or just humanity be exterminated) in our lifetime? The next couple centuries? Ever? And whenever you think the world is going to end, how do you think it will end? Nuclear holocaust, Book of Revelations come to life, bird flu/other pestilence, global warming/natural disasters, or what?
Sorry for such a depressing question. I do hope that besides being a downer it's also interesting, though.
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