FEAR OF WORLD COMING TO AN END

World Coming to an End

a. Observational Fear of World Coming to an End

In ancient times, people were afraid of widespread occurrences that was caused by things they did not understand.  It usually dealt with thing they saw, but other senses could be involved as well.  Unknown dangers trigger the primitive part of the brain associated with the fight or flight response. 

Widespread means what it suggest.  For example, a single apple falling from a tree is not widespread and fails to trigger fear.   On the other hand, if all of the apples from all of the trees suddenly fell, this would be something widespread. 

Not knowing the cause forms the second factor.  Humans did not know what caused earthquakes, floods, fire, lighting, famine, etc.  As such, when they slowly acquired knowledge that explained the events, their fears drifted away.    

b. Manipulation of Fear of World Coming to an End

This is the greatest cause for the Fear of World Coming to an End.  Religion has been one the largest sources of this fear, but science is beginning to overtake them.  Wikipedia listed many of the origins of these fears.  They are broken down into general categories, relevant time period, and the number of predictions.  

Table 1. List of Apocalyptic Predictions
Category Time Period No. of Predictions

Religion

1st - 10th Centuries

11 Documented

11th - 15th Centuries

5 Documented

16th Century

10 Documented

17th Century

11 Documented

18th Century

7 Documented

19th Century

17 Documented

20th Century

63 Documented

21st Century

12 Documented

Future

5 Documented

TOTAL

141

Science
1st - 10th Centuries
0 Documented
11th - 15th Centuries
2 Documented
16th Century
4 Documented
17th Century
4 Documented
18th Century
2 Documented
19th Century
0 Documented
20th Century
6 Documented
21st Century
4 Documented
Future
11 Documented

TOTAL

33
Other
1st - 15th Centuries
0 Documented
11th - 15th Centuries
0 Documented
16th Century
1 Documented
17th Century
4 Documented
18th Century
3 Documented
19th Century
0 Documented
20th Century
7 Documented
21st Century
3 Documented
Future
1 Documented

TOTAL

19

Here are a few samples of the predictions:

  1. London Astrologers (Feb 1, 1524)  interpreted the alignment of planets in the constellation Pisces to mean the world will be wiped out by a massive flood. 
  2. May 19, 1780 a heavy smoke fell over New England, probably by a forest fire, and the Shakers believed it was Judgment Day. 
  3. In 1974 astrophysicists John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann published a book that claimed on March 1982 the planets would align creating a gravitational effect causing massive worldwide earthquakes. 
  4. Mathematician calculates that the world will end based on the geometry of the pyramids of Gisa on 9-23-2017.
  5. The world would end when the Mayan Calender ended.
  6. The Large Hadron Collider would cause a black hole and destroy of earth.

Every single one of these doom and gloom predictions above and in Table 1 above DID NOT OCCUR.  It makes no sense to continue to make projections for things that will not happen.

           “In medicine if a drug does not work, you stop using it.”  Charles Kruthammer

c. Entertainment Industry

The Entertainment Industry capitalized on the End of the World scenarios producing movie after movie.   Movies like When Worlds Collide (1951), The War of the Worlds (1953), The Time Machine (1960), Battle of the Worlds (1961), The Last Man on Earth (1964), Planet of the Apes (1968) etc. 

Between 1950-1959 there were 10 big movies, between 1960-1969 there were 26 big movies, between 1970-1979 there were 38 big movies, between 1980-1989 there were 46 big movies.  Between 2010 and 2019 there were over 100 movies.  This does not include the books and television series. 

A non-stop block-buster attack on the World Coming to an End generated billions of dollars of revenue for this industry–and growing.   

d. Politicians and Media

Manipulation by political powers use the end-of-the-world scenarios all the time.  The two current ones are: Climate Change and Covid19.  Click on either one to go to pages setting forth detailed discussions with cited scientific studies. 

There have been many end of the world scenarios practiced by political entities.

  • The World Wars I and II were going to end in the collapse of all democratic governments. That did not happen.
  • The Korean Conflict in the 1950’s was going to end up in a thermonuclear war with China.  That did not happen.
  • The Vietnam war was going to have a domino effect, and the entire region would fall to communism. That did not happen. 
  • The development of the nuclear bomb was going to end the world. That did not happen.
  • In the 1970’s the majority of experts believed the world was heading into an ice age.  The world was already in an ice that started 2.5 million years ago known as Quaternary Glaciation.  It is currently in the middle of that ice age.  So many scientists were concerned with the upcoming glacier expansion that the US Climate Analysis Center was formed within NOAA.  The  glacier expansion has not occurred. 
  • Many of those same scientists switched positions from advocating a cold period to advocating a warm period. The warm period has not occurred as the average world temperature has increased less than 1 degree C (0.79) since 1860 to present. 

Out of the hundreds of climate cataclysmic projections, none occurred.

e. Credibility of Politicians and Media

It is not surprising that when none of their predictions come true, that they take a hit on their credibility. 

            The Gallup Poll take in 2020 reports that the mainstream media is viewed as biased in their reporting and that 73% view it as a major problem.  More than half of the Americans believe that reporters are “misrepresenting the facts” and another 28 percent believe that reporters are “making up the facts entirely.”

            The Gallup poll also showed that in 2020,   81% have confident in the Supreme Court; 55% has confidence in the Congress, 62% have confidence in the president, and 92% have confidence in the military.

            A poll by Pew Research showed that 41% of Americans think that there were over-exaggerated or fabricated claims about the COVID19 pandemic.

If the information being broadcast tickles your emotions – then beware.  Manipulation always uses emotions.  If an emotion is being aroused, then turn off the TV and Social Networking platform.  Take a soothing bath and listen to some of your relaxing music.  

f. Personality Types Most Affected.

The personality type that would be most affected with The World Is Coming to an End” would be the B Type people.  They are the most social.  The Next in line would be the D Types followed by the A Types.   The C Type personality would be the least affected since they are more prone to rely on the actual data, rather than people’s opinions.

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