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It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
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It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
It started as a response on another forum, but I think I’m on to something here so I’ll share it with you guys as well:
It’s here cause I have met way to many otherkin (and people in general) who said they have had an experience or dream leading them to believe “something big” will soon be here.


I personally blame the concept of time in general regarding “something is going to happen soon” being a constant impending feeling that many people have experienced since there were people to have experiences.

Since as long as there have been cultures (and probably before hand) people have had a story about how it’s all going to end and from there speculations as to when and how.

What I feel otherkin (especially) need to keep in mind when obsession about this unknown and impending event is that ‘soon’ is a completely relative term. Back in the middle ages people were talking about how the world was on its way to ending. All these years later, it’s still here yet we’re still talking about how it’s ending any second now.

One of the main reasons I hear otherkin explain why it is they believe this way is that “I feel it.” The next biggie is that something otherworldly “told me so.” I’m not going to go into the first one cause that can be different for each individual. As for the latter:

Keep in mind how we perceive time now that we are in human bodies. It’s on a much smaller scale since (comparatively) our lives aren’t all that long in the grand scheme of things. So when something that isn’t bound by human concepts tells us “soon” that could be hundreds to thousands of years from the time they tell you.


I personally have been caught up in the whole “something big and bad is coming and I feel it and prepare and what am I gonna do, AHHH!” mess back in high school. Some friends and i even thought we figured out a date and everything. And guess what, we’re all still here and nothings happened yet. And I look back on it and wish someone slapped me across the face for wasting my time like that.

Honestly, we’re better off waiting to die in this life since that actually is inevitable in our time frame rather then freaking out about something that may or may no happen any time soon.
If it does happen, worry about dealing with it then. Otherwise you’re just wasting what little time you do have to live this life.
Besides, we’re not going to know how to deal with it till we know what it is, and we’re not going to really know what it is till it’s actually happened.

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2008-07-30 5:46
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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
I've heard the "something big is coming" comment before. I personally think its hogwash. I blame it on good old fashioned human internal clocks leading to impatience, with a dash of boredom. I may not know when, but but even if I was given a time and day I would just shrug and move on.

I also recall that the world was going to end at 12 am New Year's Day 2000. *looks around* Yup, still here. Never even needed the generator everyone was clamoring for.

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2008-07-30 9:47
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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
ARTHUR:
You know all this explains a lot of things. All through my life I’ve had this strange, unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world… and no one would tell me what it was.

SLARTIBARTFAST:
No, that’s just perfectly normal paranoia, everyone in the universe has that.


That pretty much is my take on it.
Everyone may run around and yell and scream and think something horrible is gonna happen, but until it happens, how about worrying about living "this" life?

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2008-07-30 11:21
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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
...and I feel fine! (Good song!)

*nods* What's going to happen will happen and there are just some things that you can't control or worry about. I don't waste my time wondering when the world will end as I seriously doubt it will happen in my lifetime. And I don't have a plan for it as I doubt I will be here long enough to care. Sort of a "bend over and kiss your ass goodbye" reaction like most people I would imagine.

But if zombies suddenly started attacking, that, I have a plan for... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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2008-07-30 14:04
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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
I personally do believe there will be an "ending of the world" but not in an idiotic OMG WE'RE GONNA GIT R WINGS BACK N B KEWL N STUFF! kind of way.

I think it's been heading that way for a while. I'm an observer of society.. It may happen in our lifetime it may not. But the way things are heading, financially the end of the world may BE coming soon. (to a bank near you? lol.) As far as mentally/spiritually, otherkin and paganism has been tentatively peeking its' head out at the others at the party so to speak for the past 50 years.

I think there will be a sort of shifting and a change but I dont personally believe worlds will collide and the sun will explode and we will get our bodies and powers back and be all awesome. I think it's just something that the human race needs to go through. I think it will be big, but in a more mental/financial way. The gov't has been screwing the people over for quite some time and quite a few americans are getting angry and restless. I don't know about the rest of the world as I don't have cable, but I'm sure something may happen there too. -shrugs- Obviously I cant prove it and im not going to put my life on hold waiting.
2008-07-30 14:55
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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
I went through the end of the world phase back during the few months that I was on OKA, and a few months before that. I'm not very good at keeping track. Now, I'm... maybe 80% over it, give or take. It doesn't bother me anymore, but I'm still ready (or at least as ready as I can be) if the universe does do a backflip.

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2008-07-30 15:08
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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
Elinox Wrote:But if zombies suddenly started attacking, that, I have a plan for... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

My boyfriend lives by Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide.

And somehow, I think he's more rational than anyone who tells me it's the end of the world because someone not of this world told them so.

Of course, the fall of Rome was the end of their world, and the odds are stacked against the survival of the USA as we know it, with our current political climate, but I don't think it's escalated to "end of the world" status.There's something to discuss after the next election.

(Of course, not everyone here is from the USA, so it's not applicable for real end of the world status.)
2008-07-30 15:10
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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
RosaleenBan Wrote:
Elinox Wrote:But if zombies suddenly started attacking, that, I have a plan for... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

My boyfriend lives by Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide.

And somehow, I think he's more rational than anyone who tells me it's the end of the world because someone not of this world told them so.

Of course, the fall of Rome was the end of their world, and the odds are stacked against the survival of the USA as we know it, with our current political climate, but I don't think it's escalated to "end of the world" status.There's something to discuss after the next election.

(Of course, not everyone here is from the USA, so it's not applicable for real end of the world status.)

Two things I heard on this subject. First is that someone, I think it was Thomas Jefferson, never expected the Constitution to last this long. He thought that there should be a new revolution every 50 years or so. This information is a bit backhand for me, so I can't confirm it. Second thing I heard, from my old economics professor, is that if every American saved 5% of their paycheck, the world economy would topple over. I don't know if that's changed, though.

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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
RosaleenBan Wrote:
Elinox Wrote:But if zombies suddenly started attacking, that, I have a plan for... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

My boyfriend lives by Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide.

Yes, I has that and it's hilarious!

And everyone knocks the US and it's systems, but they also forget that we've been doing pretty good for the past 230+ years with those same systems. We're not perfect by a long shot, but we're not terrible either. And since humans have ingenuity going for them, I don't see the fall of modern society coming any time soon.

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Re: It’s apparently been the end of the world as we know it
I think there are better odds for humanity blowing themselves/ourselves up in a giant nuclear war than some kind of cataclysmic apocalypse routine. I feel that something is a bit different about the energies around me, but that could have everything to do with me and nothing to do with the earth, universe, etc. As Chai said, any being who visits to bring tidings of The End is functioning on a very different time scale...like geologic time vs. human time...on the geologic time scale, humanity is a blip that appeared about 20 seconds ago. If there will be a big bad apocalypse complete with antichrist, chattering satanic nuns, a modern demon, and an angel who didn't so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards, it won't be anytime remotely soon...if ever.

Side note: I too adore the Zombie Survival Guide and am totally ready if the dead rise, by the way. I've also seen plenty of horror movies, so stick with me, stay away from windows and mirrors (those always end badly) and we'll be just fine <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->

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2008-07-30 15:49
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