Hope your life-insurance is up-to date. Why? Well, didn't you hear my friend? There's another apocalypse on the way. Yes, let me repeat that: another apocalypse. What number are we at? Well, either way - It's an interesting thing to think about, isn't it? That with all of what we have, all of our technology - none of it will matter. Without warning (or with warning depending on what Religion you are) the heavens will open up and our destruction will be swift. Or, maybe our technology will be the end of us. What with super-death-plagues, Hydrothermal Nuclear Missiles and Wal-Mart.
Just think about one day you wake up and see on your news (from the TV you bought at the big-box-store) to see that a Nuke is heading straight towards Anytown USA, and so we fired back in retaliation!! The other people then fire a super-death-plague at us in retaliation; we all die. But we do have to thank our stars and stripes that we have people on the button who have a logical approach, and don't over-react to situations that might cause a total wipe-out of the human race.
Let's also think of 2012! If you thought the Christian God was annoying with all of that waiting for an apocalypse, then just imagine being a Mayan and knowing when the apocalypse is going to strike. Let's face it people, we're doomed in 2012. I know parents of high-school students who are graduating this year, or next should rejoice - they don't have to repay their student loans. No such luck for me. And yes, there are some people out there who take time to explain:
- The Mayan calendar is like a really long flip calendar you have on your wall. The years ran out, and in modern day's the Mayan's would go to Wal-Mart and simply buy a new calendar.
But where's the fun in that?
So those are the there big apocalypses, right? God, 2012, and technology. Well, yes. But that last one; technology... it has a far more dangerous aspect to it.
Take for example what happened in 2007-8. The financial meltdown that caused the whole world (Except Antarctica because penguins seem to have a relatively stable fish-trade market) to it's credit-limit. Is that another type of apocalypse that is much more sinister, much more complex?
It's very easy to sit here and say: "God did it." because - well, God controls everything! It's easy to say a bunch of ancient civilizations did it, because they're not here to clarify themselves. it's quite another to look around you and say with a strained face: "...We did it." And yes, 'We' it's easy to say 'They' did it - as in, 'They have the power, not I.' But sadly, they aren't God, and they aren't an ancient civilization... they are human as well, and so therefore we share the experience that they do. Ergo; 'we.'
So our list has some caveats now. Fun, but what other human apocalypses do we have? We obviously have to give a nod towards the Y2K bug. Sure, it never happened, but it sure was fun to watch. Most people don't know, or care about the averted UNIX apocalypse of 2038.
But let's just add something on the level of God. Our own Universe. We should recall the ancient, and wise proverb of Creations 16:84 --
With one hand the Universe giveth, with a gamma-ray-burst, it taketh.
The Universe is an insanely hostile place. Think of all the poor things our Earth has had thrown it's way: Meteorites, Asteroids, Planetoids, Cosmic explosions, Solar-winds, U.V. radiation, Canada. And that's just the tip of the ice-burg. It's completely conceivable that a black-hole could take out the world. It's possible that the Dynamo inside of the Earth is about to stop and our planet die.
So, I want to end the piece with this: When your child comes home one day, and says: "Mommy, Daddy... How many apocalypses do I have to worry about?" I want you to look at your child and say: "Only one, humans."
And while that may come across as being unfair to the human race, I merely suggest that we just be reminded of the fact that we only have one chance, one Earth, and one life to get things right.
If that's not helpful enough, then just imagine that living a good life on earth is like setting the dinner table for a guest that you don't know. You want to make sure that the guest, even if they're a black-hole, or the horsemen of the apocalypse will at least be impressed by your choice of cutlery.