The pandemic/apocalypse genre is having a moment, and it can actually be emotionally uplifting to dive in.
The trials of 2020 are an apocalypse in the original sense of the word, some religious scholars say, because they reveal deep truths about society.
The concept of the apocalypse has never felt more relevant, with the threat of climate change, economic collapse, social inequities and a pandemic. But apocalyptic thinking is nothing new. It dates back centuries and has persisted across cultures — why? And are we actually living through the apocalypse now?
"I cringe at the very thought of hearing my mother's inevitably apocalyptic interpretation of our new reality... because I’m scared she’s right."
We're obsessed with grim environmental tales, but most of them miss the point.
A theological context, apocalypse may give hope that after the destruction of evil, restoration can occur.
Fear not. For those of you who have little money, but a great need to survive, another company will, for $89.99, send you a baseball cap covered with tin foil, a bag of freeze-dried tacos and a map to the nearest city containing a subway station.
My father, E.G. Stassinopoulos, was a NASA Physicist for 47 years. At age 95, he is still actively researching and publishing through his Emeritus status with NASA. He asked if I might share the following essay with the Huffington Post's readers: