This next article is complete and called "Armageddon". This is plainly written by someone that is quite angry and there is a reference to "figmentalism" linked above. There is no need to accept figmentalism to appreciate the article. It simply means that WE are responsible for our dilemma and not some creating Diety such as God.
Armageddon ID-1094-Arma~ May 23 2006
--is it a religious thing or just us--
If any intelligent consideration on the topic of Armageddon is to be approached, one must first examine Humanity itself to be able to see our future. Armageddon is a clearly a Human thing and whether you have religious beliefs or not, our bad habits are clearly the cause. The future is plain. Armageddon is what the Earth needs to cleanse itself, but what is the earth without us? The earth needs less of us, or for us to convert to a caring lot. The Hippies told us so years ago and like all others were ignored.
Contributing factors « Overpopulation and the failure of general contraception « Failure to feed the poorest « Rampant diseases such as aids in Zambia and failure of drug supply system « Melting Polar ice caps « Generally higher summer temperatures « Ozone depletion « Greenhouse gas and the failure to stem production « Failure of Kyoto style agreements to be implemented in a realistic way « Apparent increase in world weather anomalies/disasters « Widening disparity between rich and poor « Corporate thrust causing subsequent failure or dilution of ecological movements « Pampering the first world inhabitants with all manner of luxury « Each individual country’s self interest causing failure of world co-operation « Religious dogma causing more failure of world co-operation « Silent terrorism of the established systems and the resulting counter-terrorism « The worlds rich stealing the resources of the poor « Modern day colonialism referred to as peace keeping « Increasing technology and failure of recycling systems « Money and the desire for success at the expense of everything « Highly developed war machines and explosives « Delicate infrastructures and public panic making modern cities very prone to failure « Highly overextended individual and government debt load « In short almost everything you think of these days
Where did we come from? Are we a result of mindless evolutionary matter that periodically and spontaneously creates life or are we the result of a conscious religious entity that we refer to as "God"? We seem to forget that all theories and theologies were created by us. Absolutely none of them have been proven. The possibility remains that we not only created these beliefs but also the "God or Gods" of which they speak. Lucifer and the afterlife may well be simply products of our invention. If that is the case then there is still hope to be able to cope with Armageddon because "God" isn’t going to cause it, we are.
We deserve Armageddon and the end of previous times are due. We are all getting very tired of the newscasts that tell us things like the drug companies won’t supply Zambian Aids victims because they are unable to exact their typical pound of flesh. An Alien view of our planet would reveal that we are unable to share. The whole human race, save a few, has not yet learned to share. Few humans reach what any alien view could call adulthood. The status-quo has gone sour. Armageddon is a welcome change. We fight over resources like kids in a toy box. The end is near. If you survive the end of times you will loose your childish thoughts and learn a caring philosophy. These are not scare tactics to further some agenda, short of things making sense for a change. Something like Armageddon is happening right now and there is nothing that we are doing to stop it, apart from silly lip-service nonsense like Kyoto and peace talks that go nowhere.
Continuing the alien view would find us to be sexual beings and our inability to control populace apparent. Thus the inherent greed, but there is still hope. As long as the possibility remains that we created God and all the various religious passages for our so-called guidance, we can then create a reasonable and practical solution and avoid the worst of it. (As my kid would say "Ya like that’s gonna happen.")
Like Children all we do here is play the money game. Many of us are completely without this artificial commodity and not allowed to play or eat. The homeless have already seen Armageddon and the hungry are the living apocalypse. Eating our way to happiness while others starve is our primary sin against ourselves and our world.
Disregarding all present theories and theologies there is but one alternative that should be our guide. We are essentially figmentalist in nature and what you think, you see and it becomes real. We are the Earth itself and even our Universe. We are collectively an entity that does not know of it’s origin but realizes it’s existence. We are collectively out of control and the apocalypse is nigh. WE are the ones responsible for this catastrophe. None of us can be proud of our Earth stewardship and the warnings are manifold. This same Earth is reacting to these insults and is beginning to shed the cause, namely us, unless we realize our oneness with it and enter adulthood and begin anew.
In conclusion there is little hope for us given our record. The likelihood of corporate philosophy and practice being replaced by the human desire for peace and plenty for all, is minuscule. With greed for convenience comes the need for the organized to pillage the world supplies from the disorganized. This is the root cause of all war. Our pollution levels are changing the atmosphere as we speak and rising dramatically as poorer nations become able to emulate the richer ones by becoming just as wasteful. People are so greedy that they just want to be able to get their fast food from the nearest store and throw the wrappers on the ground. They do not wish to take any responsibility for either the source of the food or the mess it creates. Virtually all of our manufactured goods wind up as waste sooner or later.
Our entire factory system is dedicated to turning our material supplies into garbage and this is largely due to fashion. Making things truly recyclable and taking responsibility for the maintenance of these basics is not a corporate interest and legislators are a slave to what is referred to as: the bottom line. The real bottom line is the world we live in and the responsibility to end conflict, tidy up our habits and in general grow up and do a little plain thinking. Armageddon is well underway, just visit the multitudes of Aids victims in Africa, the starving in many places of the world or the bombed out in Afghanistan or Iraq. We are all surely doomed and deservedly so.