Chronicles of an Apocalyptic World
Twenty twelve is passing by; the date of apocalypse is crossed without as much as a rumble or shake of the earth. We are still alive but if environmentalists are to be believed we are fast dying.
Death for humans unlike as predicted wouldn’t be sudden. We live in a continuously apocalyptic world—i.e. a world in a grand mal seizure rapidly losing its breath. Like sparrows that have disappeared from the city skyline and dodos that have become extinct in jungles the human population is on the verge of doing the great disappearing act from the face of earth. Apocalypse won’t be an event, it will be a natural progression of things and therefore it will not catch us by surprise. Intelligent species that we are we would simply take apocalypse in our strides.
I think our guilt will be light. We won’t carry fears in our heart or burden on our minds. We would, on the contrary, enter a state of nirvana. The mass enlightenment and communal nirvana will liberate us of pain and possessiveness. The world, ironically, will become a much better place to live in. Human-life stories are anyways always expected to end in good irony. So all that we fought over and all that we chased all our lives will matter the least in the very end.
I, the chronicler of our times, present before you the biggest villain of our times—MONEY! It drove us crazy enough to turn a blind eye to our own safety.
From age three we are schooled to grow up and earn our livelihood. We know no other way of living. All our energies are concerted to that effect. Anything we invent, make or discover is put up for sale. Lady luck favours a few and they become crème da la crème of the society while others spend their lives pursuing such stardom.
What does money give us? Answer:The capacity to buy material comforts besides the three most basic requirements of mankind namely food, water and shelter. A pauper has a worse life than a stray dog.
How does money affect us? Answer: by destroying the capacity to use our time in pursuit of other activities, besides that, which generates wealth. Even if we do something we like or love we would inevitably be inclined to use that activity to generate wealth for ourselves. Thus money makes us vending machines.
How money is serving to destroy the human species? Answer: By using up our resourcefulness and turning it into greed. Because wealth is artificially created and is unlimited we never really drop out of the rat race and we stay greedy till the very end. Our greed makes us blind to our destructive lifestyle.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MUST BE FUNNY, IT’S A RICH MAN’S WORLD.
(THEREIN LIES THE IRONY OF THIS STORY).