On the Apocalypse

The web lately is full of all sorts of EOTW blather.  For instance, some of the overly-imaginative sorts are all aflutter about a supposed Zombie Apocalypse originating in Florida.  (Typical source: this link from Reddit.)  Then there are the Serious People warning us that when Greece defaults and/or drops the Euro, the rest of the world economy will melt down.  A few familiar voices have been discussing the role of spirituality in a post-peak-oil world.

My opinion?  Of the above, taken in order: Silly; more likely; probably useful. 

For somewhat more detail, I’ll take them in reverse order.  “Spirituality” (more often thought of as religion) can serve a purpose in a post-crash world, particularly if it gets back to earlier function–namely, helping the “tribe” be a bit more coherent.  I hope, probably in vain, that it doesn’t go full-on into the typical “us-vs-them” routine, and instead focuses on positively defining the “us” without excluding/ostracizing the “them.”  But from probably as far back as our hunter-gatherer days, one of the binding social glues of small groups of people has been a common spirituality.  Seems to me that we’re a bit fractured on this count, with dozens (hundreds? thousands?!) of spiritualities, all claiming exclusivity, and all “living” in close proximity to each other.  Am I dreaming of a utopia?  Probably–but if we all can agree that *your* beliefs shouldn’t be forced on *me*, either through forced conversion or through legislation, then society as a whole will probably have taken a step in a positive direction.

The European financial crisis seems to be headed toward a massive breakdown.  I’m not an economist, so I certainly can’t claim to understand it all, beyond a growing sense that the folks “in charge” of these things don’t seem to know what they’re doing–and they don’t seem to want to listen to anyone who has an idea.  I read a comment somewhere in the right-wing blogosphere claiming that the economic problems of the last few years “proved that Keynesian economics don’t work.”  I must respectfully disagree–it seems to me that they’ve exactly proven Keynesian economics: governmental intervention (spending) can lead to a “more efficient economic policy than laissez-faire policy would” (definition from Wikipedia).  Deregulation seems to lead to the excesses that caused the 2008 crisis, while government spending (even deficit spending) would seem to prop up the flagging economy until it can get going again…

As for the zombies, well…  The recent “face-eating” attack seems to be being blamed on “bath salts,” the modern way (as I gather) of dosing on hallucinogenics/psychotropics.  The rather impressive list of other “incidents” I would likewise attribute to use of some unconventional mind-altering substances; another explanation is that we’re societally suffering the effects of the stresses of the impending collapse–we sense that it’s coming, but can’t do anything about it–and that’s making the less “strong-willed” of us sort of snap.  I suppose you can choose your explanation.  (I’m as apt to call the hordes of smartphone-clutching, oblivious-to-their-surroundings, mindlessly shambling people out there “zombies” as any of the above–it seems more fitting, to me.)

Any zombies near you?

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4 Responses to On the Apocalypse

  1. People have been predicting the end time since, well, the beginning of time… I mean I guess every day is one day closer to the end of the world, so if you preach the end of the world everyday you are always more right the next day than the last. If you spend all of your time worrying about the end of the world one might forget to enjoy what they have today.

    Also you said: ” I must respectfully disagree–it seems to me that they’ve exactly proven Keynesian economics: governmental intervention (spending) can lead to a “more efficient economic policy than laissez-faire policy would” (definition from Wikipedia). Deregulation seems to lead to the excesses that caused the 2008 crisis, while government spending (even deficit spending) would seem to prop up the flagging economy until it can get going again…”

    What? The European marketplace is the most heavily regulated marketplace in the world. There is no laissez-faire policy at work there? I’m not sure what you mean.

    “Deregulation seems to lead to the excesses that caused the 2008 crisis, while government spending (even deficit spending) would seem to prop up the flagging economy until it can get going again…” WHAT!? Where are you getting this information from? The Governments in Europe have been manipulating the markets for years to no avail! Please explain!

    • I should probably have been more specific, and kept to one particular case. The latter bit (about the 2008 crisis, and gov’t spending) best applies to the US economy, as I see it.
      Perhaps it’s better to express it this way: The European markets are probably over-regulated; regardless, the governments there–particularly Germany, also France to an extent–are reacting in the wrong way to their crises. The US markets went into hyperdrive, with a subsequent crash, when some of the defining regulations (Glass-Steagall, amongs others) were removed. Striking similarities to the crash causing the Great Depression–and similar remedies should correct them, to an extent.

  2. wyndwalkr says:

    Zombies are among us now. They are always carrying a small electronic gadget around which their attention is centered. Large cities have taken to putting padding around their light and sign posts along sidewalks to reduce injuries to these obsessed zombies. Perhaps that is why the theme of zombieism is so popular in books and movies. Some people can subconsciously see it in themselves?

    • As persuasive as that argument is, about a month back I read a psych analysis of why the zombie genre is so scary. Unlike vampires, zombies represent death, plain and simple. It’s coming for us all, even if only slowly, and will eventually get every one of us, however much we fight. The explanation rang with a lot of truth…
      That being said, there does seem to be a rash of zombi electronigadgetus (v. smartphonus) going around these days, yes?

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