Friday, May 10, 2013

Not With a Bang

This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
Not with a bang, but a whimper

– T. S. Elliot
   The Hollow Men

There has been large amount of writing about the End Times, the Apocalypse, the end of the world and how it will come about. Most major religions have writings on the subject. T.S. Elliot’s famous words has the world ending not with a bang ( as it began, a theory proposed by Georges Lemaitre, a priest and scientist) but rather ending with a whimper. Some would prefer we went out with a bang.

The point is the world will end. That is a fact that even science has to agree with. All things end; all living things, all creation. Nothing lasts forever (that is a line my protagonist, Trax, utters in Second Coming). 

Certainly the Black Death that wiped out a third of Europe’s population in the Middle Ages must have seemed like the End Times. The Great War of 1914-1918 must have seemed like the Apocalypse with a death total of 37 million. Less than twenty years later WW II claimed over 60 million lives. But it was not until the atomic age that people truly considered life on earth ending in a mushroom cloud.

What is the point? Like Trax says, Nothing lasts forever. Nations rise and fall. Economies collapse. We live, then we die. This world will end. And so will this post.

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