YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE TO READ >>
Introduction to The Apocalypse These are apocalyptic times that we live in. ...

Introduction to The Apocalypse
fShare
18
Pin It

These are apocalyptic times that we live in.

Brexit, global warming and overpopulation, the Trump Presidency, the success of doom's day blockbusters around the world, the passing of the millennium and David Bowie. 

Everywhere we look we seem to be surrounded by signs and portents that humanity is making a transition from one era of its history to another.

Just a few years ago, you may recall, the scholar Francis Fukiyama grabbed a good deal of attention with his thesis that we had finally reached the end of history, a secular version of Christian apocalyptic narratives, with the Kingdom of Capitalism standing in for the Kingdom of God.

While it is unlikely that the end of the world is truly at hand, the apocalyptic mood is quite real, and needs to be accounted for. One way to start is to understand that mood not as prophecy, but as the expression of a collective wish.

The end of the world is anticipated as much with relief as with terror. In popular post-Apocalyptic fantasies like the Terminator series up to films like Hostile, the first feature film by French director Mathieu Turi, which comes out this year, the apocalypse is exhilarating as well as dreadful. In fact, 2017 is slated to have a record number of post-apocalyptic movies coming out.

Why would that be the case? What does it say about Western Culture™ as a culture that we have come to take such pleasure in imagining our own annihilation, over and over in such varied and compelling forms?

As Hyong-jun Moon argues in The Post-Apocalyptic Turn, our obsession with worldwide calamity arises from “urgent socio-political questions such as danger of globalization, effect of neoliberal capitalist hegemony, ecological disasters, fragility of human civilization, and so on.”

Another answer might be found in our contradictory feelings about social and political change. On the one hand there is a deep and profound desire for substantive change, a belief that a radical transformation of our culture is necessary to prevent a worldwide apocalypse. 

Yet on the other hand, there is an equally profound cynicism regarding the actual prospects for change. We live steeped in a sense of despair, fearing that any changes we actually try to implement will only servive to make things worse.

Fantasies of the apocalypse arise as a 'solution' to this contradiction. If change is necessary, but we do not trust ourselves to bring it about, then we console ourselves with the hope that someone or something else will intervene to provide it for us. In other words, apocalyptic fantasies are displaced ways of imagining social revolution.

Such fantasies are ultimately cynical about human nature because they deny to human beings the possibility of being the positive agents of their own transformation.

As in the Christian apocalyptic narrative, human beings are seen as imperfect and tainted, unable to save themselves, and requiring the intervention of a supernatural force. That force could be God or the aliens, as in the case of UFO cultists - but the common thread is that we are unable to save ourselves.

However, as bad subjects, we wish to remind everyone that, as Marx wrote long ago, human beings are free to make their own history, even if we cannot make it just as we please, because we must make it under conditions not of our own choosing. We are stuck with the past, but the future remains as much a realm of freedom as of necessity.

If we abandon faith in our capacity, as individuals and as a species, to become better than what we have been, then we seal our doom as surely as any providential deity could do for us.

We must not lose sight of the fact that the end of the world as we know it is also the opportunity to create a new world unlike any we have known before.

But that means taking responsibility for our collective future, and recognizing our collective power to transform the world - a power which we currently contemplate in an alienated form in fantasies in which transformation comes, but from outside, and not through our own efforts.

But if that fails, you can always prepare yourself for the inevitable, right?

How to be passive-agressive, Czech style!
Jeffree Benet

As a foreigner, one of the first things you will need to get used to in order to live in the Czechia [ ... ]

FEMINISM: Myth v. Reality
Missed Manners FEMINISM: Myth v. Reality

Well, it's time for another instalment of know-it-all answers to questions nobody asked.  [ ... ]

Top 10 parks in Prague to enjoy the summer
Kateřina Bartoň Letná Park. Photo: Lancelot Purdue

Slacking off is a centuries-old art in the Czech Republic, and finding a place is easy

Love sucks and other equally astute observations
Alan Azif Love sucks and other equally astute observations

As you may or may nor have gathered from previous articles, rumors, or nifty mental powers, I have o [ ... ]

Sounds like... Issue 07
Keith Kirchner & Chris Sadler Music reviews from the pages of Think Magazine

Sounds like... music reviews from the pages of Think Magazine!

Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge
News Desk Cloud 9 sky bar & lounge's Charisma cocktail

The bar where the famous Charisma cocktail was created, perfect for NYE!

Everything begins with an E
Joe Bodia Everything begins with ecstacy

The agony and the Ecstacy. Everyone's got a horror story. Heard the one about the guy at a London n [ ... ]

Gypsies and the Czech Holocaust
Karel Kosman

On May 13, in Lety u Písku we remember the sacrifices of the Gypsy holocaust during the Nazi occupa [ ... ]

Read more...

Name Day/Svatek

Yesterday : Anna Today : Věroslav Tomorrow : Viktor After tomorrow : Marta

Our Mission

1. To make you think
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you.
2. To tell the world the truth
When you only tell the truth, you start earning trust, as journalists, our mission is to tell the truth.
3. To make you laugh
We want to make you laugh, chuckle, smirk, grin or smile as we try to find the upside of life in the face of all the evil around us.

The Power Flex yoga pant from 90 Degree by Reflex is the ideal combination of fashion, function, and performance. Our fabric is designed to contour perfectly to your body, giving you a streamlined look. We've created the perfect fabric at the perfect https://www.amazon.com/90-Degree-Reflex-Womens-Power/dp/B00IDHFYVM These Power Flex Pants are perfect for yoga, pilates, running, or any type of exercise or fitness-related activities. You can also go from the gym to running errands - all while being comfortable and stylish. Pairs well with our famous Power Flex Tan.

Bola24 adalah agen bola sbobet indonesia terpercaya

Situs bandarq indoqq dan aduq online terbaik di Indonesia

Tüvtürk randevu alma telefonla araç muayene randevusu almak için online hizmet tüvtürk araç muayene randevu istanbul ankara bursa izmir antalya telefonla randevu online web sitesi üzerinden başvuru yapınız Tüvtürk araç muayene randevu aldıktan sonra veya katma değerli 0888 233 0666 servis numaramızı dilediğiniz saatte çevirip çağrı

Taller Movil is a manufacturer of innovative van racking and aldder rack fully customised and made of anodised aluminium profiles which give them strong mechanical resistence plus light weight, give a look there http://tallermovil.org. Given that Taller Movil has planned to expand abroad starting from the USA where is opening a new facility in the state of Delaware because of its position on the Atalantic Ocean close to Florence port and the main market o the North East.

let's think for a while as to why love is important in a relationship. By reading these Love Qoutes you will be overly inspired to be more active, open and expressive about your feeling and showing someone how much your truly feel about them.

Improve your online visibility and generate more revenues thanks to Inspira SEO services in Bangkok, Thailand. Inspira SEO company offers professional and results oriented services.