Is it just me, or are natural disasters on the uptick?
It’s Kali Yuga, baby!
Rulers will become unreasonable: they will levy taxes unfairly. Rulers will no longer see it their duty to promote spirituality or to protect their subjects: they will become a danger to the world. People will start migrating seeking countries where wheat and barley form the staple food source.
Sound familiar? According to the wikipedia, the Bhagavata gives this description – and several others – of Kali Yuga, basically the Hindu version of the Christian end of days. Myself, I learned of Kali Yuga from reading back issues of DC comics. LOL!
Also according to the wikipedia, the Mahabharata has this to say:
Avarice and wrath will be common, men will openly display animosity towards each other. Ignorance of Dharma will occur. Lust will be viewed as being socially acceptable. People will have thoughts of murder for no justification, and they will see nothing wrong with that mind-set.
Well, the part about avarice and wrath is pretty obvious. As is the part about lust. Just take a look at the proliferation of magazines that openly peddle sexual titillation. I’m not for censorship, mind you; just pointing out that in today’s world, most people have come to accept that lust is something that can be the topic of open conversation.
People will be inclined to follow false sciences.
Can you say “herbal?” One of the most disturbing trends nowadays is the number of snake-oil remedies that promise everything from controlling diabetes to greater sexual potency – and all with the oft ignored caveat: no approved therapeutic claims. Still, these things fly off the shelves because they offer quick and affordable substitutes to physicians and their drugs. Are these false sciences? To the extent that they claim to produce benefits without evidence or substantiation, you bet they are. For this we have to thank a loophole in the laws that allow herbal remedies to be marketed even without conclusive medical trials. BFAD controls aren’t as tight, and so all the shysters come a-trotting out their cures and remedies. If they’re lucky, they get people like Mike Enriquez, and Boy Abunda, and Korina Sanchez promoting the snake-oil.
Family murders will also occur. People will see those who are helpless as easy targets and remove everything from them.
For this, all you really have to do is read the papers. Carmela’s family wasn’t the first, and it sure as hell wasn’t the last.
Many other unwanted changes will occur. The right hand will deceive the left and the left the right. Men with false reputation of learning will teach the Truth and the old will betray the senselessness of the young, and the young will betray the dotage of the old. Cowards will have the reputation of bravery and the brave will be enervated cowards. People will not trust a single person in the world, not even their immediate family. Even husband and wife will find contempt in each other.
Sounds like the Philippine Congress. And reminds me of Brian Gorrell and his stories about ‘beards;’ married men who act all hetero and macho (hence the beard) but who actually lust after other men – sort of like the Filipino equivalent of living on the DL.
In the Kali Yuga even pre-teenage girls will get pregnant. The primary cause will be the social acceptance of sexual intercourse as being the central requirement of life.
Hello, Jamie Lynn Spears. Hello, that Revilla daughter, what’s-her-name?
It is believed that sin will increase exponentially, whilst virtue will fade and cease to flourish. People will take vows only to break them soonafter.
Alongside death and famine being everywhere, men will have lustful thoughts and so will women.People will without reason destroy trees and gardens.
People will become addicted to intoxicating drinks. Men will find their jobs stressful and will go to retreats to escape their work.
Yes, yes, and yes!
As the sin increases exponentially, so will the incidence of divine justice and wrath.
Burma, China, wildfires raging in America … Our brains are hardwired to see divine intervention in events so horrible and painful for one simple reason: it is easier for us to accept that the death and destruction proceeded from something we did or did not do. The causality is infinitely more comforting than the idea that so much death can be a random thing.
But when the disasters take place one after another in rapid succession, even the most determined refusal to buy into the divine intervention story can get shaken. By now, you’ve prolly read about all the conspiracy theories surrounding the earthquake in the Mainland. The way I see it, that’s how it starts. Soon enough, the earthquake will be spun as a message from the Celestial Emperor, telling Beijing that it has lost the Divine Mandate in the Tibetan question and that a re-evaluation is in order, or else … Heard they tried that spin on Mao Zedong at one time.
So much for the age of aquarius, eh?
Michael Stipe said it all: it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
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