As a species, we seem to like to contemplate the end of the world: what it could do for us, what it will cost, what will come after, whose fault it will be, etc. And there have been predictions that the world will end since, well, pretty much since time started (or humans started worrying about more than just the mammoth sitting on them.)
So what if the end of the world had already came and went, and somehow or other, we didn’t notice?
Now, I could get all philosophical, and discuss how every major event in our life that massively impacts our life could be seen as an apocalypse. But let’s stay more literal on the apocalypse, defining it as the end of the world as we know it. So, here are five ways the world could have ended and we could have missed it.
- It was destroyed and then rebuilt again – and we have no memory of when we were destroyed. This could have been done by gods, super-beings, or even aliens making way for a super expressway (think Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)
- The world is long gone, but, since we are what we believe, we’re living entirely through our imaginations and perhaps a high-tech system (like in the film The Matrix – I told you smart-phones were bad.)
- This is all a dream: the world doesn’t exist in the first place, so that’s kind of the same as destroyed (right?).
- The world – and existence – is not singular, but dimensional. In some dimensions, we and our world have already vanished. Here, though, we continue to exist, perhaps shadowed / mirrored by parallel universes.
- The world has ended subtly. That is everything changed and nothing was ever again the same – several times throughout history, but the change was gradual, so perhaps we didn’t recognize it for what it was. We experienced the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, two World Wars – each of these events could itself be seen as a kind of apocalypse, since things were never the same after. Countries and people had to rebuild and relearn a way of life because the former had been destroyed – sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. How many other historical occasions could be compared likewise?
Personally, I think it’s also entirely possible that for a growing number of people, they could be too busy texting or checking social media sites to look up and notice that the world had vanished around them, but that’s just me.
So, what do you think?
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