The End Of The World

May 11, 2011 by

The End Of The World

If I had a dime for every time in my life that I heard the end of the world was coming, I would have a lot of dimes.

Many people talk about end of days predictions and put them into religious contexts that fit neatly into one belief or another. Now that may be convenient when trying to understand life on this planet from a religious point of view but I have to say, in my opinion, that doesn’t have anything at all to do with the future of our home world. There is no need to sell your house or live frivolously since you might feel that very soon “it won’t matter anyway” in fact, that would be a bad plan and lead you in the wrong direction. You see the world has been around for billions of years; so long in fact that our species’ entire existence on this planet is a mere eye-blink in the context of history. End of the world predictions make great headlines and get lots of attention from their sexy media hype and fear factor. All that emotional momentum is great until the day “after” the supposed end when everyone who publicly believed that the end was actually arriving and ran around at the brink of insanity suddenly is left with that Y2K feeling of “woops”. H.G Wells knew all about the power of that belief and also how upset people get the next day.

I do not live life worrying about not being alive, that doesn’t make any sense at all to me as I would much rather spend life paying attention to the wonder of being alive in the first place and cherish the time I do have.

See when we incorrectly think “it doesn’t matter anyway” that false hopelessness creates an opportunity for excuses causing some to take the easy route in life. That in turn can actually incorrectly justify a behavior that is bad for the health of our home, the Earth. When you think it makes no difference then why recycle? Why spend time worrying about preservation of wildlife habitat, etc. That kind of thinking is what needs to come to an “end of days.” The Earth is a special place, truly a sacred gift. Just for a moment take a deep breath and appreciate you are floating in space in this mostly liquid bubble. There are millions of life forms on the planet right beside you that all do their part to represent the overall bounty of life on this planet, which also includes us humans.

Trilobite fossilOnce along the banks of a lake in the mud I found a great fossil, which upon review turned out to be a Trilobite. Now this species has been extinct for over 350 million years. So I am looking into a window in time, showing me a world of life long before we were worried about the end of a Mayan calendar. I suppose all things considered, the end of days did come for the Trilobite – they went extinct after all; but that came at the end of a mass extinction when the Permian epoch came to a close. Many species were lost during that very difficult time and yet, even then, life continued. Hundreds of millions of years later as humans showed up on the scene we certainly have made an impact on the planet.

We are capable of such amazing and wondrous things and sadly are also capable of so much destruction. All things considered we are an amazing species in our own right. Sure we stumble and make mistakes some much larger then others but we are also capable of music and art, dancing and love. We can help other species when they are in harms way and possibly, one day, even protect the entire planet from a comet or asteroid. So for all our flaws we carry our own beauty to the planet we share.

So let’s get back to the “End of the World”. It does happen according to species like Mammoths that have gone the way of the Trilobite. They are also gone now, so to them the world really is over.

Some day, our own species will exist no more as well and we will actually go to the place that all those who came before us have gone.

I just don’t think it will happen on a specific predetermined day. I think we can certainly carve out our own niche for now and someday if we are in fact faced with the end of our own specific epoch of history then I would rather have lived as well as possible long before that time comes to fruition. The truth is we need to plan on being here for a very long time which means we do need to watch how we utilize our natural resources and monitor our impact on the planets health. If we treat the world like the sacred gift that it really is and learn to truly respect the health and well being of all the other species we share this amazing planet with, then I believe our time here will be a happy time. Let’s ”discuss saving our planet” this way instead of the so called “End of Days” lets think about the “beginning of a new day” when we celebrate life on the beautiful gift, “Mother Earth”.

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  1. Joelyn Lutz

    Great article. Once I came across a type-writer, yes a type-writer in a store that had paper with the typed words “the end of the world is coming”. At the time I thought how odd that someone would type the same thing that runs through my head. Years later I have discovered that we humans are running around with what we believe is a secret. For me the secrets “out”. There will be an end of the world for me one day. I’d just rather spend my thoughts and time on saving the planet and being a good steward as the writer suggested. It’s that easy and oh yea…it will make us feel good too.

  2. Mark,
    thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I couldn’t agree more. I appreciate the work you do and the encouragement you give to others about being responsible stewards of this amazing earth.

    Sandi

  3. Julie Esposito via Facebook

    It’s ok, David. Elvis is still alive.

  4. David Traub via Facebook

    Exactly. Barbara Billingsley died, and we are all still here! There will be no collective end.

  5. Pamela Bentley via Facebook

    no one knows when its in gods timming

  6. Julie Esposito via Facebook

    SO TRUE, Dirk!!!! We will at least know the end is IMMINENT when that happens! HAHA!

  7. He should have mentioned the Cubs winning the World Series. I’ve always associated that idea with the End of Days. There is probably some tortured interpretation of a verse in Revelations that would support this view.

  8. Julie Esposito via Facebook

    And no one who believes the New Testament would espouse this—since it says therein that no one knows the day the end of the world will come.

  9. Julie Esposito via Facebook

    These folks are no different from people who claim to have been abducted by aliens. Or that aliens might have created us (see Stephen Hawkings.)

  10. Patio Tool via Facebook

    National Missing Chilldrens Day event

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    Christophers Clubhouse

  12. This article by Mark was very good! I love reading Marks writings! I have always believed that the end of the world is to be “The end of the world as we know it”. I don’t think it will end by all of us dying. I think that we are in for a lot of changes and really needing to take a look at the way we do things, and how can they be done better. I also think that good things emerge from things we see as bad. In example, a bad economy brings about some new inventions, and creativity. Things that would not happen, if it were not for hard times. And also we stop and look at what is really important. Do we really want to spend what little time we have here on some of the things that we do? It is a time to take stock of what really matters to us, and we may not have had the chance if it were not for things changing in a way that let’s us have the opportunity to take a look at it. If it were not for the economy being the way it is, a lot of us would not be able to slow down enough to do that looking.

  13. Caroll Houser via Facebook

    Chris, I live in Godzone as well, hence my earlier comment. 🙂

  14. which end of the world are we looking for? I thought the earth is round. If that is true, well there is no end. It is just a vicious cycle.

  15. Iran’s Ahmadiinjad even said he wants Armageddon! WTF????

  16. Well, we might not be able to PREDICT the end of the world, but we sure do seem determined to hasten it.

  17. I don’t care what you believe or do not believe, that is your business. Concerning the end of the world? I think that Jesus Christ said it best! No one knows that day but, the Father. Not the angels in heaven, not even Christ himself. Anyone who makes that prediction proves himself a fool AND a liar!

  18. Oh, much more, Kristen, I’m sure.

  19. It’s a non-event everywhere. Lots of sane people stateside who think this is stupid. The number of people in the US who haven’t even heard this nonsense is probably equal to the total population of NZ.

  20. Non-event here in NZ. We live at the end of the world, anyway.

  21. I’d actually prefer to have no advance warning if the world were going to end. And, if it ends, it’ll end everywhere. All of the people who have emigrated to these shores over the years to find opportunity or shelter or amnesty or whatever in the U.S. would not have been safer in their homelands if the world ended; and all of those who fled our crazy politics and fractured government may end up in happy places, but nature won’t pick and choose by politics. All the same in the end. Find your joy, grant others theirs.

  22. Dearest David, perhaps after it’s all done the Trilobites will rule the world and they will predict the next end of days…. As Mr. Ripley used to say, “believe or not”……

  23. Well Caroll, isn’t great that we keep you informed of all the important haps?!! ; )

  24. David Traub via Facebook

    It was a well written article and I do agree with Mark.

  25. David Traub via Facebook

    Is it so wrong to want the religious fanatics to meet Trilobites, soon?

  26. Caroll Houser via Facebook

    I have to agree with Mark. But I should tell you, this seems to be a mostly American phenomenon. This crazy talk doesn’t make it here. I wouldn’t even know the world was about to end if it weren’t for my American friends.

  27. Excllent article Mark and so important to those of us who would rather live a full, rich life than cower over some assinine prediction that the earth is coming to an end…JWSIII