I didn’t want to ride the bandwagon of the Apocalypse 12/21/12; it’s a rather “heavy’ way to greet the New Year. But then, Anthony Baird’s “Apocalypse Soon” is worth the heavy feeling. If the end happens and everything is blotted out, then that also means the end of suffering and pain. Yet Baird offers some solace:
It is easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, weary, and crushingly sad. In this context, the idea of the Apocalypse can be comforting. At least then, the human story, swinging unstably as it does between heights of imagination and bottomless depths of depravity, doesn’t end, as T. S. Eliot’s bleak The Hollow Men would have it, with a whimper. Yet amid all the fire and brimstone, all the prophecies of our ruin, there is almost always a glimmer of hope that we can right the misfortunes we have brought upon ourselves.”
Read “Apocalypse Soon” in The Walrus
My only problem with the Apocalypse is if i survived it and my loved ones didn’t.