Blog: Sadistic Doom Merchants and World Disaster - 2018-03-30
For each new generation, the events of their time always seem to be the precursor to the End of Days. Yet in the cold hard light of dispassionate objectivity, we can easily see that predictions of doom and gloom have been popular for many thousands of years. The end of the world has been said to be coming and has then gone by while the birds continue to chirp and we continue to slog through our lives, making our way as best we can.
I love history and the perspective that it can give. While doing some Scientology research collection, I came across this article from The Aberree, a newsletter from the 1950s and 60s published by Agnes Hart and edited by Alphia Hart. Its author is unknown but since the work was never copyrighted and is just as relevant today as when it was first released in September of 1961, I'm re-printing it in full.
Here is someone talking turkey about societal worries and concerns that existed just as strongly 56 years ago as they do today. There will always be doomsday preachers like Alex Jones, Marshall Applewhite, David Icke or L. Ron Hubbard: people willing to say anything no matter how outrageous, unfounded or patently false just for the sake of making a buck or amassing a cult following (or both). And there will always be people who become a bit too overly concerned about the End of Days, in whatever form it is said to be coming, and who unfortunately are willing to shell out dollar after dollar to try to prevent that imagined threat that is no more going to kill them than their shadow. Of course, the lasting damage is not financial, but psychological and ultimately, societal. These doomsayers are like a cancer and we don't really act strongly enough to excise them when they are detected because we live in a country where anyone has the right to say anything, no matter how destructive those words might end up being. It's a tough situation to be in, weighing freedom of speech and freedom of thought with the overall good of society as a whole. Much smarter people than me have tried to figure that problem out and I don't know that it ever will be truly resolved.