the real end if the world and know our future ends unless we can get
off the planet. One can even speculate this is merely a repeat cycle
in failures in which the best we manage is to travel space in
primitive form etc. waiting for the next evolution.
On Sep 28, 4:32 pm, gabbydott <gabbyd...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Are you still in fiction mode, Pat? Of course, we'll stop before the earth
> and before the world. And I'll hopefully have stopped before my son has.
> Thour futureat's how the real story goes. But I agree that the limited time span of
> personal experience on the one hand, and the limited time span of being able
> to be attentive to a story line on the other hand, has been a challenge for
> story telling. Seen in this light, the collective passing is a summary of
> what did/does/will happen to each of us. Simple, really. As for Hollywood,
> they are taking financial advantage of our enjoyment in being entertained.
> And because this joy came to an end if the American Hero fighting for
> freedom and justice would not win in the end, he wins in the end. The
> feeling of schadenfreude can occur in the process of identification and
> projection, but it's never a constant attribute to the hero figure the way I
> understand you think it is being used. Schadenfreude always contains this "I
> knew it before"/"I told you before, but you weren't listening to me" and now
> see how I was right, you have got the damage now. That's not how you sell
> tickets - but with the promise that you will be saved and rewarded in
> Paradise (for giving me your ticket money). :)
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM, Pat <PatrickDHarring...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sep 27, 6:58 pm, Jo <jojocasame...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Armageddon, Doomsday, Rapture, Y2K, or the Mayan Calendar predicts...
> > > Just when we think another "end times" day has passed, they come up
> > > with a new one. We're going to blow ourselves up or the computers are
> > > going to nuke us all, the Sun will spit out a solar flair or an
> > > asteroid's going to hit the Earth (yeah right). The human population
> > > gets wiped out with the exception of a select few who are left to
> > > survive on a lifeless planet. Seriously? How many more "World
> > > Annihilation" movies must we endure?
> > > Why is mankind so fascinated with the end of the world? Will we ever
> > > stop?
> > The answer to your question is, of course, exactly what you don't want
> > to hear. Of course we'll stop...when the real end of the world
> > comes. ;-)
> > I think the fascination is because we know our time here is limited
> > but we don't know all the factors that limit it. We know that each of
> > us will die, but, perhaps, some people--rather more than you might
> > imagine--would take comfort in the fact that, when it's THEIR time to
> > go, it's also time for everyone else. I think, to some, a collective
> > passing is more palatable than the "it's just you" scenario. As far
> > as the films go, this is purely down to Hollywood taking advantage of
> > schadenfreude, the chance to sit back and safely watch others fight
> > for their lives and lose while the viewer always wins because they
> > walk away. It's a very subtle type of schadenfreude; but, I believe
> > that's what it is, nonetheless. I think Gabby would agree.
> > Also, there are the religious eschatological factors. In particular,
> > Christianity and Islam both predict the world will end in a
> > cataclysmic way; so, the concept is a built-in part of millions of
> > people's faith. How these two faiths differ in their end-time result
> > is, of course, obvious. In The Apocalypse of St. John (Revelation),
> > the Christians are saved. In the Qur'an, there is a resurrection of
> > all the dead followed by the complete annihilation of the universe
> > (not just Earth!) and all people's souls are judged fairly by God.
> > The Qur'an does NOT take the view that Muslim's will fare better than
> > others simply because they're Muslim; rather, each individual will be
> > judged on their own thoughts, deeds and piety, which, to be fair, is a
> > more egalitarian of a view than the Christian eschatological view that
> > Christians, just by virtue of being Christians, will be saved and
> > rewarded in Paradise.