That's right, I said desire. There are many, many people (mostly male) who have an innate desire for some world altering event that will ravage the population and leave them, in most cases, alone to battle the remnants of whatever caused this apocalypse or find other survivors and begin again.
The apocalypse, the end of the world, the rapture -whatever you call it, the words bear the same meaning. Some event that violently and tragically alters the existence of humanity.
With December, 2012 right around the corner, what better time to delve into a topic that has captured the imaginations of readers, writers, filmmakers and fans for centuries.
There are loads of websites dedicated to the nonsensical notion that the world will end on December 21st of this year. I've decided to delve into this subject from a more entertainment providing perspective so fear not, fun will be had by all!
Before the analysis of the mind that wishes for the end, lets take a look at some popular scenarios.
2. Nuclear holocaust
3. The Rapture
4. A super-virus
6. I'll throw in a geological disaster for S&G's
THIS ARTICLE in Psychology Today by Steven Schlozman, M.D. he speaks of an
'inquiry into the allure and even romanticizing of apocalyptic scenarios.'
While it isn't a very in-depth look at the psychology behind the allure, it does pay homage to the fact that scores of people are drawn to films marketed toward just that.
The big question is why? What in our brains has us wishing for a complete and total destruction of life as we know it? I intend to find out.
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