The Beginning Of The End: Philosophy (Reading The Signs Of The Times)

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Increased violent disturbances on land, at sea and in the air; devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, windstorms, cloud bursts, huge tidal waves, famines, epidemics, destruction, destitution, failure of crops (genetic modification) and pollution. Revolutions, downfall of governments, dissensions, wars, lack of respect for authority, treachery, corruption, brutalities, atrocities and confusion.

Breakdown of family life, immorality, adultery, betrayal, violence of youth, disobedience, lack of values, indecent dressing, countless sins and iniquities.

A glance at the daily newspaper reveals these impending omens of the Apocalypse. The end is near!For time immemorial there have been prophesies regarding the apocalypse. Many societies believed that the only thing guaranteed in life is death. This principle sparked thought regarding the end of all life as we know it. There are two main types of prophesies; sacred and secular. The common factor between sacred and the secular is that so far, none of the predictions have come to pass.

The year 2000 was considered by many to be the year of the apocalypse. Many predicted that major catastrophes of cosmic proportion would occur. Months passed, but no massive event came to pass. Although civil disturbances, tornados, earthquakes and other disasters occurred, there were no significant cosmic or even world-wide catastrophes. The year 2000 was exploited by prophesiers just because it contained three zeros, and still more events are predicted for precise dates in our near future.

Science is the knowledge gained by studying the physical world. Therefore it is fitting to suggest that through their study, scientists can predict the end of humanity. There are many theories concerning the destruction of the earth. Scientists are convinced that life on Earth will not last more than five billion years. This is due to the fact that during this period, the sun will become unstable and expand into a red...