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Thursday, May 27, 2010


Eternity is really long, especially near the end.
- Woody Allen




We’re doomed.

Hollywood says so.


Pop Culture has long had a fascination with the end times.

21st century Man is like the proverbial kid in the backseat :

“Are we there yet?”

Man becomes preoccupied with the end of things

During bad times.

And these have certainly been bad times lately :




wars,and economic collapse.

Sociology professors say that our fascination with the end times reflects a hunger for meaning in these admittedly bad times.

We want to know where we are going

And how soon we will get there.

And while myths and religions have long talked about the end of the world,

It has only been since the rumblings that led to the first World War

that literature,and later movies, started telling stories of individuals

struggling during the world’s death.

H. G. Wells wrote his famous WAR OF THE WORLDS in 1898.

Scholars call the study of the end times …


Which is fun for the dark little boy inside me because it

Is only letter and one syllable removed from


Which is the scholarly study of folks fascinated with


And sadly, sometimes it’s hard to know the

Difference lately what with Hollywood has been giving us.

And so here we are in 2010. Some experts said we wouldn’t make it.

Some theologians thought the end would come

In 1988.

What? Why then, of all years?

It marked a full generation passing since Israel became a

nation in 1948.

Then, the theologians said the time clock

For the End Times started

When Jerusalem was in Israeli hands once more in 1968.

2008 came and went. Terrible times especially around here in Lake Charles after Rita.

But no End Times Unless all of this is a bad dream.

And sometimes it does feel like one, doesn’t it?

But the truth is when the end comes :

For you,

For Man,

For the World,

That time is unknown.

The unknown. Its allure is what gave birth to myth,


and tales told around the campfire.

Man wants to know the unknowable. Nature abhors a vacuum. Human Nature hates it even more.

Mankind can't abide not knowing. If Man doesn't have an answer, he will make one up.

And that is why we have myths.

And the desire to make up the answer is why we have science fiction and fantasy.

And the greatest unknown, of course is


We listen to doomsday economic, political,religious jihad news.

We go to the theater and see the world end, only to go outside in the bright light of day, seeing the cars pass by and hearing the pedestrians chatting away on their cell phones.

Just Hollywood. We're safe.

Aren't we?

Not so you’d notice.

Jamestown. Jim Jones convinced his followers that the world was about to end in nuclear horror. They mixed in cyanide with their Kool-Aid and drank it down.

Personally, I believe something stronger was called for.

It's a terrible joke for a horrendous reality

But …

There is Heaven’s Gate and its herald, Marshall Applewhite,

whose followers believed his tale that their souls were about to be snatched up by the spacecraft flying in the tail of the Hale-Bopp comet. All they had to do get on board

Was die.

No Kool-Aid for them. No, sir. They mixed their poison with good old American Pie, washed down by vodka.

It is no wonder Hollywood considers us gullible.

But there is another reason why we all flock to End of the World movies such as


Deep Impact,

When Worlds Collide,

I Am Legend.

We want to believe

That somehow, someway,we’ll be able to fix it and make things right.

Science has become our new God. And it will make things right.


Science may be God to some. But it is a vengeful God.

Man has never made a weapon that He has not ended up using. Even a limited nuclear exchange {
5% of the global nuclear arsenal} would almost certainly ANNIHILATE life on Earth as we know it.

Hollywood responds with





Hollywood tells us what we want to hear :

Something good of what we were would survive.

Hollywood doesn’t seem to get the message. Which is :

WE want to survive, skippy!

Which is why the end times movies that do the most box office are the ones in which the main hero survives

MAD MAX franchise.

The first MATRIX.

The 1st PLANET OF THE APES movie

{Yes, I know Charleton Heston’s not ecstatic.

But he’s alive and he’s got the babe. And a kicker of a last scene.}


Great last scenes. “Get up and shout” scenes.


“Put the gun in your mouth and pull the trigger” last scenes.

And the box office receipts showed it.

You and I don’t want to spend ten dollars to get depressed!

We can stay at home and be that for free!

Oh, and don’t think that the scenario of CHILDREN OF MEN could happen?

Think again, skippy.

The average sperm count has dropped by HALF in the last 30 years!


People in industrialized countries don’t make nearly enough babies.

People in the third world lose many of their young children to poor conditions.

It gives you something to ponder.

That’s why I emailed Megan Fox told her of my excellent genes,high I.Q,and sturdy genetic stock.

With her looks and my brains, we’d make beautiful babies. Her lawyer emailed back something silly about cease & desist.

She’s just thinking it over.


And then, there is the zombie craze.

Oh, sure, it’s all fun and games until your girlfriend suddenly wants to make a snack of your brains.

But Hollywood knows we are drawn to a story following a small group of friends, facing a world of devastated, formerly familiar streets filled with throngs of trudging,hungering, walking corpses.

We ask :

What would I do in such a situation?

Where would I go?

Who would I take?

What would I bring?

But behind all the movies lies the promise that we could survive if we were smart and lucky.

Bottom Line :

We could survive.

There would be a tomorrow.

We all have an inbuilt need to associate ourselves with those who survive.

We all have this crazy human need to believe that we will beat the odds when others do not.

There's a powerful scene near the end of The Road, the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize—winning novel, where a father and son sit silent together under brooding skies

on a wasted, nameless beach, littered with human and whale skeletons.

They have finally reached the coast after traversing by foot a post-apocalyptic America
filled with nightmare dangers, hardships, and traps.

The boy, about age 10, has never seen the sea.

"What's on the other side?" he asks.

"Nothing," replies his father,suffering from malnutrition and despair, after having fought off evils both human and animal.

All along he has urged his son to maintain hope—

to "carry the fire" — but has slowly lost his own.

The boy, who believes there's still goodness somewhere in their dark and dying world,

looks out to the sea and says,

"There must be something."

Wanting to keep his son's hope alive, the man pauses and then answers.

"Maybe there's a father and his son, and they're sitting on the beach too."

Like McCarthy's 2006 book, the film is both depressing and redeeming;

it depicts one of the most loving father-son relationships to appear on the big screen.

And this particular scene speaks volumes for all of us asking a universal question.

What's on the other side?

And that is what good Science Fiction and Movies do for us :

They help us discover for ourselves what we feel is on the Other Side.

In my worldview,there is indeed a Father and His Son waiting for us

On The Other Side.

And remember …

"apocalypse" doesn't mean end, but is Greek for "revelation" -- an unveiling of truth.

Let us keep looking for truth in the world around us and in that most puzzling world :

The one within us.


  1. We are slightly obsessed with the tend but it makes for good stories and interesting character developments. Thanks for sharing this - it was a great walk down some old favourites as far as movies go.

  2. "In my worldview,there is indeed a Father and His Son waiting for us

    On The Other Side."

    That's the best definition of hope I've heard in a while.

    Enlightening and entertaining post ^_^

  3. You think deep thoughts past your bedtime Dude.

    This was invigorating though. A lot to mull over with a glass of wine and doomsday movie on TV. I think you missed the best one though: The Day After Tomorrow. One of my favorites.

    Today's science fiction could be tomorrow's science fact . . who knows. I watched the movie Avatar. It was interesting - not no 300 million dollars worth. But since the technogoly had to be developed to create the movie, who know what scientific possibilities will come of it.

    Have a good day Roland.


  4. I love end of the world movies. I like to watch the hero struggle, and in the end humanity survives somehow. Plus I like to watch buildings explode.

  5. Hah! I had that same nasty thought about Scatology, funny.

  6. End of days movies do well because we want to know we ARE strong enough to survive.

    And after 2012, I don't see how any end of days movie could top it. Unless someone blows up the universe.

  7. I am not an end of days sort of movie person. I am more of the upbeat, happy movie type. The end is near is too depressing for me.

  8. What a funny silly story ........... LOL
    Love it :-)
    So well written !!!!!


  9. I have to agree (with Ann) that I'm not really into the whole end-of-the-world scenario could go crazy thinking about it too much.

    But you definitely make some interesting points (including the one about Hollywood--although, I think Hollywood's focusing more on "global warming" and environmental awareness right now.)

    definitely my favorite part of the post is where you point out that apocalypse means revelation--not doom! I did not know that.

    And, um, good luck with Megan Fox. I'm sure you're right--pondering...

  10. I've always had a penchant for end-of-the-world tales, whether movies or books. What a great post.

  11. can't find 'the truth within' by looking outside oneself...