Apocalyptic

November 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Australia, climate change, History, Nature, Psychology, Religion, Social Responsibility, War and Conflict | 11 Comments
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Kooka looking over a burned out wasteland Nov 2019

It seems that fires are everywhere here in Australia, that the world and nature are going crazy. Drought here, floods in Venice, fires in California, the North Pole icecap melting, destructive storms and weather patterns, famine in many places. There are constant stories of corrupt governments, business leaders and many others too and it seems our civilisation is also on the verge of collapse. There are many who ignore it, pretend there is nothing abnormal, refuse to see what is happening, or simply refuse to do anything about it.

The word being bandied around, “apocalyptic” doesn’t seem too far off the mark. We have made such a mess of this world that we are the authors of what might, probably will be our own destruction.

I don’t believe that the end of the world, forecast in Revelations, is anything more than an astute observer of human nature seeing what will happen if we allow our worse side to dominate; if we continue being selfish, greedy, uncaring, intolerant, apathetic, and all the negative aspects of our nature that we seem to be good at. What a pity that the good aspects are so often over-ridden by greed, fear and hatred!

I don’t have any illusions about the good ascending to heaven in any Rapture. This is not a god thing, it’s a human one. What we are bringing upon ourselves and the world is simply the logical outcome of poor selection in the evolutionary process. It might have been a great way to survive in a clan or village situation thousands of years ago, with all the dangers of the world about, but it does not sit well with creating peace, acceptance and equality, a stable civilisation.

If only we could see this and consciously adapt our behaviour to select for the caring and sharing traits, not the destructive ones!

 

(c) Linda Visman

 

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