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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Technical Difficulties Leading to the Apocalypse: Reflections on

Apologies for the previous blank posts.  These are technical difficulties from living in the third world.  Things often don't go according to plan.  Such is life....

I've been reading Justin Cronin's The Passage, an apocalypse tale.  We often define the apocalypse as a disaster of some sort, usually followed by hunting and gathering.  I've thought this type of tale was an excuse to revert to a simpler, more primitive existence.  As such, I tended to dismiss them.

However, I have been enjoying Cronin's novel thus far.  It struck me that the reason such books may become popular (particularly of late) is that the apocalypse lies at the heart of a nation.  Something is tearing at the soul of the people, and the people may be tearing at each other.  We read posts full of incendiary views.  Perhaps polarization is a product of our connected age.  Hopefully, we will pass through this to that other definition:  "a disclosure of knowledge, hidden from humanity in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception"--whether you choose to vote for a religious context is your choice.

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