I know that this may seem really odd, but I have a theory that if the world was in a catastrophic state, after an apocalypse or an alien invasion…that our lives would have a purpose. I know I know that sounds really morbid and fucked, but think about it…Right now our lives are practically prewritten, we are just going through the motions. In a weird way it would give our lives a meaning, to survive. ~http://lifeandtimesofafreak.tumblr.com
I saw this quote on someone’s tumblr blog today and have to say I agree with it completely. I wrote about this a bit ago here.
However, on an entirely different note..sorta…it brings to mind that even though it would bring our lives meaning, it would also make our lives a possible living nightmare. People we knew and were friends with may be gone, our livelihood gone. There is the possibility that we would not have heat or air conditioning and we would be rather uncomfortable and have a hard time adapting to the environment of a post-apocalyptic society. There might not be an internet or phones or cars. We won’t know until it’s too late what we would really need to survive this new world.
The line “Every Living Creature Dies Alone” is an interesting quote as it its true in some ways, but if you look at it from the perspective of a mass extinction, it doesn’t quite fit. Yes, we are all alone at the final moments; there is no discussion with the person next to you as you are passing from this life into the next. Once we move on, to wherever that may be, we still may be alone. I think the most horrifying destination would be a world where you are alone forever. I think I’d rather have my nemesis alive somewhere if it meant that I would not be completely and utterly alone.
I read this off another blog today,
“Far from being a horrible experience, apocalypse represents the revealing of the true nature of things. It ushers in an era of forgotten freedoms and unprecedented clarity. This ‘lifting of the veil will set us free from the misery that has been the result of our ignorance.'” ~The Shiny Headed Prophet
I often contemplate the “end times” or what would happen if everything we knew in our lives was suddenly flipped upside down and thrown out. I think that part of the allure of an “apocalypse” is that it would give people a new start.
Saddled in debt, you no longer have to worry about paying your bills. Stuck in a dead-end job? You don’t have to go to work anymore. You can become someone else entirely. (i.e. Dawn of the Dead’s Jake Webber was a shoe salesman) No friends? Problem solved. Bad relationship? Probably won’t have that relationship anymore.
What do I think the likelihood of an “era of forgotten freedoms and unprecedented clarity” occurring? I honestly don’t believe its very possible with the conditions of the world today, unless we an event occurs such as in Independence Day where the world has to pull together to defeat overwhelming odds from an outside source. We have people suffering all over the world and this will not be solved in a year or two. People are dying of diseases and starvation while other people live in luxury with five cars and three houses. Maybe there will be an invention that comes out that solves world hunger or creates some type of stability across the world. However, as stated before, this isn’t likely and instead if a real apocalypse would occur, this would be the worlds greatest equalizer.
No matter who you are or your socio-economic status you would be faced with having to deal with the same event everyone is facing at the same time. Part of the allure of thinking about the end of the world is that it represents freedom from the normality of our daily lives. It gives us a glimpse into what we always thought of ourselves or at least what we always thought we could become if we were given the opportunity.
Good to know that we aren’t the first ones to be paranoid.