Happy end of the year, dear readers. How I adore all of you. Thank you so much for keeping me going. I keep dreaming up more posts for 2013, so stay tuned. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, diatribes against me, send me an email or post it on the blog. I always enjoy your feedback.
Briefly, let’s take a quick look back at 2012. I know, I know. Most of us are already living in the future anyway. Why look back?
There has been an emergence in recent years of a phenomenon I find a little frightening. It’s called “prepping.” It’s a hobby for people who honestly feel the world is on the brink of disaster. Any day now, the race wars/economic collapse/invasion/government takeover/asteroid collision will happen. So stock your shelves with food, build an unnecessary arsenal of high-caliber-high-capacity weapons, and wait for the worst.
Is the world ending? Well, maybe. I mean, we do have a terrifyingly large amount of nuclear and biological weapons floating about and we are ignoring that whole global warming thing.
Does it hurt to keep some non-perishable food in our cupboards? I doubt it.
The part I find disturbing is the amount of time and energy and excitement and belief that doom preppers spend thinking about the end of humanity.
Wouldn’t it be a more constructive use of time to work for a better world; to try to avert disaster?
Why do so many obsess over the end? Why does every generation think it’s unique, or the last line of humanity the world will see?
It’s a biological imperative in us to continue. To make babies and see that our DNA goes on without us. It’s hardwired into our brain. Just like the fear of death permeates from our amygdala, the most primitive – yet loud – portion of our brain.
These preppers are terrified their DNA strands will cease. That parts of the world may continue without their personal contribution.
Their genes must survive because they are unique, whether they are or not.
I’ll leave you with this thought. End of the world prepping is fear-based. It’s very easy to get people to act out of fear or anger. Those are some of our basic instincts. It doesn’t take much energy or thought-power to make people afraid.
In the title of this essay, I say the end is nigh. It is nigh. It’s the end of an outdated era.
Instead of acting out of fear, let’s act out of enlightenment. Instead of stockpiling weapons, let’s stockpile books by great authors and philosophers. Instead of teaching ourselves hand-to-hand combat, let’s teach ourselves how to construct brilliant arguments that will sway people from darkness to compassion.
That is a world I can’t wait to live in. In fact, I’m prepping for it right now.