Why are people preparing themselves for a "doomsday"? Hollywood? Need for Closure? Fear?
Why are people preparing for a "doomsday"? Since before man has been able to write on paper, there have been "prophets" who have foretold the event to end all events. Why? Do we , as humans, seek closure? Why can't we plan for, say.... a peaceful, bright future? There are a TON of movies (especially from the 80's), that show the future as dark, dismal, post-apocalyptic, (always raining )....did it effect us subconsciously,... or is it religion? are we literally EXPECTING the world to end? What happens when it doesn't?
Imagine there's no doomsday
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today.....
I see reasons for people to be discouraged because of the economy, the fear of a nuclear war, perhaps beginning in the Middle East, religious or political persecution, and other circumstances that might make people afraid of the future. Many have circumstances so bad already they may be wishing for closure or at least an end to their own personal pain.
I don't think too much about a doomsday myself. I do believe the world as we know it will end someday on a date only God knows, but I don't spend my time wondering when it will happen, and there isn't much one can do to prepare except to walk with God now.
One can and should prepare, though, for natural or manmade disasters which can occur at any time or place. There are things we can do to get ready to be self-sufficient with food and water, for example, in case a disaster strikes. Any reasonable person will try to make some preparation for such events so as not to be totally dependent on others coming to the rescue. All sorts of help in knowing how to prepare and what to have on hand are available online, maybe in hubs, for those who want to take responsibility for themselves after such events.
I think if a person does his best to prepare for whatever might come his way in life as best he can, he will not need to think much about a doomsday scenario.
unlike times in the past when there was a doomsday scenario in focus by many, today we have an awful lot of facts to back up a possible event and soon. Just the same. we need to be prepared to survive and plan ahead by accumulating needed survival items. I would rather be prepared than completely dismiss the whole matter. I still try to be positive about the future and have always been an optimist.
In many cases, it's an ego thing... some people like to feel that they have special, important knowledge denied to ordinary mortals. The next step is to share that with said ordinary mortals, and to garner the acclaim to which said knowledge should entitle them.
In other cases, people have sincere concerns about dangers or trends that they see in present-day society, and feel that they have a duty to speak out about them. I think that this urge is present in some of the dystopian movies you mention. And sometimes, this urge can be quite helpful: for example, the ozone depletion problem, discovered in the late '80's, or the Y2K hysteria of the pre-millennial years.
In both those cases, a serious problem was identified, became part of the popular culture, but was solved by sensible measures carried out with a lot of hard work. (The Montreal Protocol banning the use of the most dangerous ozone-depleting chemicals in the first case, and the widespread 'patching' of old software in the second.) And in both cases, there was a popular 'hyping' or 'spinning' of the problem as an adjunct to the more serious consideration of the problem. That's particularly true of the Y2K example.
Finally, in both cases, revisionist writers--or writers who haven't adequately investigated the history--have claimed that the 'whole thing was hype.' Apparently all they recall (or care to acknowledge?) was that there was a Doomsday-like fear, and that in the end nothing so terrible happened.
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