While searching for something to watch on Netflix, I came to the realization that there are a lot of movies being made about a dystopian future and/or end of the world scenarios. Many of these movies are about how human mistakes or sinfulness (as hinted at in the popular, Bird Box, movie) causes the end of the world or the horrible conditions humanity in the future live under. Others are about how aliens, viruses or some malevolent evil causes the frightful, catastrophic situations.
Evidently, in our world today, it is profitable to create entertainment that focuses on some of the worst possible scenarios involving humanity. The film industry would not be making these movies and TV shows unless people were paying to watch them. I cannot help but wonder why this is so (all the while pointing the finger at myself asking why I watch them)?
For me, I watch them as an escape. I enjoy seeing the hero or heroine struggle against the odds, against evil and overcoming. I am disturbed when they do not succeed or survive (I will never watch the movie, Skyline, again!). Likely, I have a strong warrior and magician archetype within my psyche.
In my younger, more foolish days, I actually faced evil and though at times I had overcome it. I have also faced evil and been soundly trounced. I no longer depend on any ability of my own to stand against any manifest evil I encounter. Evil is much smarter and powerful than I ever imagined. I know where my strength comes from and only when I am weak can I be strong. The only victor over evil is the Prince of Peace.
I believe, and it is only my opinion, that some people watch these movies as a means of coping with the deep down understanding (even when we are in denial) that we are all mortal. We are all in our last days because none of us know when the end will come.
I believe others watch them with the mindset of surrender, or with the fantasy that they will be the ones to survive through means of technology or evolutionary transformation. Perhaps through the pretend reality of the these visualize stories they find a sense of hope.
The reality, factual reality, is this world will not last forever. Even the stars die. This creation we now call existence will disappear.
Now, I do believe we can survive. I believe we can not only survive but thrive. However, I believe we can accomplish this not through any act of human transformation, but only through divine transformation.
In contemplative prayer, we draw near to God. This type of praying brings one closer to God. The closer one gets to God, the more one is aware of the transformation that can and does take place. The closer one gets to God the less fascination there is with how things will end. The closer one gets to God the less fantasy one must speculate about concerning the fate of this world and humankind. And, most importantly, the less fear one has to face about the last days of this world or the last days of their own lives.
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty, I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
(Rev. 21:5-6 NRS)