Apocalypse … Tomorrow?
I do not believe in precognition. I do believe in mathematics. But would I credit mathematicians with the ability to predict humanity’s demise? Of course not…
…But, just for the sake argument I’ll pretend that this is it – that tonight at Midnight the world will end.
Hmm, humanity is a fascinating thing, isn’t it? We as a culture, as a bunch of hairless monkeys, have truly accomplished much in our time here. On both sides of the meter – the virtues and the sins. It may seem like things have darkened a bit in recent years, and on an individual level that is unquestionably true, but look further, look at some of the progress. Ideas of sexual preference and race are becoming not only more accepted, but to some they have become just a matter of life, no doubts or prejudices involved, as we should have been eons ago. The violence and apathy on the other hand are increasing. There is no one answer to this, there is no one scapegoat to point to and blame, though we may want it.
All the issues of humanity as a whole, though beautiful and ugly do not concern me. No, if this be the end, if we have come to it at last. It’s the individual that is of concern to me. Your dreams. What are they? Have you accomplished any of them? Do you wish there was more time? Even if there isn’t, even if we have come to the end of days, I would encourage you to take a minute out of this last day, just one, and wonder at what you have and haven’t done. Do not worry about the grand sweeping dreams of changing the world. If we survive until the next dawn then perhaps those visions should be gazed upon, but for today, for the last few man made minutes do what you would if it were the end: hug someone, tell a stranger to have a happy holiday, have an extra beer, call someone you haven’t in years, make amends over silly arguments, tell someone you love them, watch the wind blow through a pine tree, in essence do all the simple things you take for granted and would miss if tomorrow never comes.
And when tomorrow does? Be sure to do them all over again, and this time try not to forget how simple it is to be happy.