In that time snow shall drive from all quarters; frosts shall be great then, and winds sharp; there shall be no virtue in the sun. Those winters shall proceed three in succession, and no summer between; but first shall come three other winters, such that over all the world there shall be mighty battles.
Sturluson, Then shall happen what seems great tidings: the Wolf shall swallow the sun; and this shall seem to men a great harm. Then the other wolf shall seize the moon, and he also shall work great ruin; the stars shall vanish from the heavens. Then shall come to pass these tidings also: all the earth shall tremble so, and the crags, that trees shall be torn up from the earth, and the crags fall to ruin; and all fetters and bonds shall be broken and rent. Fenris-Wolf shall advance with gaping mouth, and his lower jaw shall be against the earth, but the upper against heaven,—he would gape yet more if there were room for it; fires blaze from his eyes and nostrils.
The Midgard Serpent shall blow venom so that he shall sprinkle all the air and water; and he is very terrible, and shall be on one side of the Wolf. In this din shall the heaven be cloven. And nothing then shall be without fear in heaven or in earth. Now, if thou art able to ask yet further, then indeed I know not whence answer shall come to thee, for I never heard any man tell forth at greater length the course of the world; and now avail thyself of that which thou hast heard.
Berger discerns a common thread of radical critique of the existing political and social order linking apocalyptic visions as chronologically disparate as the Book of Revelation, the work of Michel Foucault Foucault, ; and the preaching of millenarian evangelical fundamentalists such as Hal Lindsey Lindsey, For Cohen, post-apocalypse, the destruction of an advanced civilization offers the opportunity for a return to what truly matters. Figure Each finds support in the abundance of fiction and film based on that principle.
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The theme of an uncomprehending German child faced with the reality of the Jewish Holocaust presents him as vulnerable because he fails to understand what he is witnessing, something which in turn leads to his own death. What had seemed to be a narrative of one boy helping another escape from his deadly fate turns into the tragedy of random death for the two children. In the novel, the shock is partly transformed into catharsis by the final lines, according to which some retrievable hope remains, namely that in dealing with human evil, beyond a certain point, the sheer scale of it will ensure that nothing similar can ever happen again.
The danger of such a belief, of course, weakening, as it does, the awareness that history can and often does in fact repeat itself, is that it might permit that very repetition.
Or, if it does not, that that might be only because the point has been reached at which absolute obliteration means that there is nothing left to be repeated. Things, be they small or massive on the scale of World War II or the Holocaust , can always happen again.
Marc Chagall, Apocalypse in Lilac , Capriccio If anti-Semitism involves the assertion that the Jews killed Jesus Christ , in this image a vulture-like figure of Hitler , identifiable by the moustache and swastika , appears to pick at miniature figures of people sheltering under the ladder that leans against the cross where Christ hangs crucified. Or Moresby, or Darwin? They stared at him while they turned over the new idea.
Is anybody writing any kind of history about these times? This, however, turns out to be a group of two men and a woman in search of food. All four sit down, share a tin of baked beans, and part, without having exchanged a single word Mulcahy, At the end of the world, clearly, polite meal-time conversation is no longer necessary. As an alternative to both, and in some ways even darker than either, other writers have argued that the Nazi death camps were neither an end point in human history nor a point beyond which any alternative, however bad, must necessarily be better.
Instead, according to this line of thinking, the Shoah was simply a more efficient version of other historical genocides. In preceding and subsequent exterminations, the trains may not have run quite as impressively on time as under the Nazi genocidal machine, and the targets outlined in the original mission statement may not have been quite as near-as-dammit fulfilled; but even so, this line of reasoning would have it, it is dangerous to work on the principle that an event like the Holocaust was unique and unrepeatable either because in its aftermath we will forever guard against it or because after it there can only be silence.
The danger, unpalatable but not inconceivable, that it could in fact happen again, makes any rhetoric that comfortingly or nihilistically suggests otherwise unwittingly complicit in the likelihood that what was in fact just a larger-scale version of an old story, might in fact be repeated. Very few apocalyptic representations end with the End. There is always some remainder, some post-apocalyptic debris, or the transformation into paradise.
The apocalyptic desire is a longing for the end […]. But apocalyptic desire is a longing also for the aftermath […]. This combination of violent hatred for the world as it is and violent desire for the world as it should be has characterized apocalyptic representations and apocalyptic social movements since their first recorded instances.
Berger, In either case, ultimately, if the unimaginable — whether unimaginably bad or unimaginably good — is just that, ie. In Milton, even in Hell there is something: the infernal flames may issue no light but darkness is visible Milton,  , and hence perhaps his rather approachable Satan, who is in many ways someone we can understand. Someone like us. Thus, even if, as Berger supposes, the apocalyptic event divides history into before and after, the narration of what comes after must, by definition, be constructed by those who were present in the time before, and the narrative of what comes afterwards must therefore not only pre-suppose that there is something and someone left after apocalypse, but also that it and they are, even if only by antithesis, partly defined by what preceded them.
At most it may be something completely different, but, whatever that may turn out to be, at that given point it is still something some thing , even if it is ultimately destined to end in nothing no thing , because at that point, at least in our imagination, there is always something to be experienced and someone experiencing it.
In effect, as confirmed by most post-apocalyptic narratives, what tends to follow imagined apocalypse is essentially the past repeated. We can only imagine something that can be articulated in the vocabulary of what we already know. Adam and Eve lose everything but find a new world in its place.mta-sts.waahhh.com.my/9363-tom-flebotoma.php
Apocalypse Unleashed: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Rages On
In Milton paradise is lost, but even as the first parents are expelled,. Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon; The world was all before them, where to choose, Their place of rest, and Providence their guide: They hand in hand with wandering steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way.
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Milton,  A fairer Paradise is founded now For Adam and his chosen Sons, whom thou A Saviour art come down to re-install, Where they shall dwell secure, when time shall be. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs.
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The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man , that is , of the angel. Revelation, , italics added. Strangelove Kubrick, It had been long known that the air which encircled us was a compound of oxygen and nitrogen gases, in the proportion of twenty-one measures of oxygen, and seventy-nine of nitrogen, in every one hundred of the atmosphere. Oxygen, which was the principle of combustion, and the vehicle of heat, was absolutely necessary to the support of animal life, and was the most powerful and energetic agent in nature.
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Nitrogen, on the contrary, was incapable of supporting either animal life or flame. An unnatural excess of oxygen would result, it had been ascertained, in just such an elevation of the animal spirits as we had latterly experienced. It was the pursuit, the extension of the idea, which had engendered awe.
What would be the result of a total extraction of the nitrogen? A combustion irresistible, all-devouring, omni-prevalent, immediate; the entire fulfilment, in all their minute and terrible details, of the fiery and horror-inspiring denunciations of the prophecies of the Holy Book. Why need I paint, Charmion, the now disenchained frenzy of mankind? That tenuity in the comet which had previously inspired us with hope, was now the source of the bitterness of despair.
In its impalpable gaseous character we clearly perceived the consummation of Fate. Thus ended all. Poe, In general, however, the general rule stands that only rarely do such scripts end with the equivalent of a blank page or screen. Absolute destruction, leaving the Earth reduced to fire, stone and sand, has proved to be generally unthinkable, unimaginable in the sense of that which cannot be said or imagined.
And after all, even in Poe, there is an afterwards, albeit only in the form of the narration made by Eiros to Charmion in the aftermath of the end of the world. In On the Beach we anticipate an absolute end, but we do not give it words or images. On the other hand, whether because we like to scare ourselves with horror stories or because we sense that in order to avoid something we must first be able to imagine it, the possibility of apocalypse as the prequel to utter obliteration remains a fundamental part of our cultural imagination, acting among other things as a mechanism of self-defence, even if ultimately, as predicted by Wittgenstinian logic, since we have not been there we cannot articulate it.
Bloodmoney ,  and millenarian evangelical Christianity the Book of Revelation; Lindsey, The Late , Great Planet Earth , have all envisaged apocalypse, whether satirically or with a proselytizing agenda, as a critique of existing societies, and usually, as a cleansing process, but always involving the possibility of the resumption of life: either on Earth or extra-terrestrially, in variations of space-stations or other-planet scenarios, or in a religious, metaphysical here-after.
Nonetheless, post-millenarian unorthodoxies, for example, while offering threatening radical difference in the aftermath of apocalypse, and maintaining that escalating sin will inevitably trigger the advent of global cataclysm, also believe in an ensuing Rapture following which the New Jerusalem will be established on Earth and the Kingdom of God will become the property of the righteous who are of course, and without exception, their coreligionists.
Membership of the Rapture club requires, of course, a preceding life of virtue. To this effect, medieval Christianity, for example, punished with death those — Manicheans, Alumbrados and other assorted heretics — who preached that life and conduct on Earth mattered not at all, since salvation and damnation were individually predestined. For most established creeds, even on Earth, rules are rules. Could this be just in case there is nothing else?
Or because whatever there might be in a possible Hereafter is thought to be organized along the same parameters as prevail here and now? Whatever the reasoning, in the end most schools of thought in one way or another make provision for an afterlife that in essence amounts to much the same as what was there before, namely a universe divided into self and other.
What follows apocalypse ought to be either nothing or something epistemologically different but in effect almost always turns out to be merely a not-very-revised version of prior realities. A wide-ranging, surprise nuclear attack on the US in the late s memories of World War II and Hiroshima at that point still fresh on the mind is narrated entirely from the point of view of a woman, Gladys, her two young daughters, and their maid, confined at home while the men are absent in the field of action.
The brief glimpses Gladys gets of events in the outside world remind her of her memories of both world wars. Men do not feature significantly, other than those marginalized feminized or at least female-identified by circumstances: a school teacher on the run because, having previously played the role of Cassandra, opposed nuclear armament by the West and warned of the possibility of a nuclear attack on the US, he is now an undesirable; a young doctor too junior to have fully absorbed the lesson of unquestioning obedience to the authorities; and, at the end, the returned husband, wounded, incapacitated and in need of nursing.
Although their outsider status lends these three men a certain amount of charisma, overall the women and girls are left to cope by themselves. These, improbably, in the end succeed where the emergency measures put in place semi-authoritarian, vigilante-style policing, high-tech medicine did not. As the men go and subsequently come back, the only sustainable reality is that of a domesticity maintained by stubbornly clinging to a familiar routine.
When the men return, it is to be supposed, so will the old order. The latter was first broadcast on BBC 2 on 1 August as part of a week of programmes marking the fortieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In The Purple Cloud Shiel, , Adam Jefferson, the last man on Earth, a hero whose name counter-intuitively resonates with the possibility of new beginnings Adam in Genesis named the world, Thomas Jefferson in the newly born USA laid down the outlines of the new nation , travels around the planet setting fire to cities already partly destroyed by poison gas from a volcano which had extinguished life on Earth.
He acts therefore both as witness to the disaster and as participant in the thorough implementation of its final stages. In his travels, however, he meets a second Eve — not a first but a last woman — who may however although this is never confirmed offer the possibility of a new beginning. The Crakers, also known as the Children, are renditions of the Noble Savage and do not understand the dangers of the world.
They also do not understand technology even in its simplest of forms. In his futuristic republic, Crake, somewhat like Plato before him, sought to eliminate the disruptions of emotion: love, lust and jealousy. He designed the Crakers to mate every three years, a frequency calculated to be sufficient to sustain population size.
No old age, none of those anxieties.
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The novel is narrated from the point of view of the last man on Earth, Jimmy, now referred to as Snowman, an unlikely holy son chosen by Crake as guardian of the new species following the extinction of himself and the rest of the human race. At the end of the novel, Snowman, abandoned on the beach like a reluctant St.
Jimmy delays an encounter with what may be the only other surviving humans on the planet.
The following morning he seeks out the unfathomable trinity. Civilization has been destroyed, and most animal and plant species have become extinct:. They were moving south.
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