For my next book, I’ve been researching the early years in the Crusader Kingdoms (1099-1162) A number of people thought that the Christian conquest of Jerusalem was the beginning of the End of the World. Some of the Western Christians certainly were hoping for that, but not the ones who settled there. At least one Armenian, Matthew of Edessa, wrote a treatise about how all the invasions by Turks, Christians and Greeks clearly presaged the end. It’s been interesting, but all too familiar.
I’m very surprised that I haven’t heard anything in the past few weeks about new prophecies. Even the Mayans haven’t been getting much attention. Maybe it’s too obvious that we are on the brink? Iran will blow us up or someone else will. The climate will make the seas boil, very Biblical that. There will be class warfare and we’ll have another wholesale bloodbath of the very rich, as in the French Revolution, followed by anarchy. And, of course, there’s the serious zombie threat.
I’m beginning to realize why apocalyptic theories are so popular. Even after writing a whole book on them, I couldn’t get my mind around the reason why so many people really liked to think that we were all going to go ‘poof!’ very soon.
The way things are going now, with what seems to me to be collective global insanity, a nice total flood or earth- destroying asteroid sounds positively like a relief.
But, in case that isn’t in the offing, what should we do to restore, or perhaps establish, a world where reason has a voice at last?