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today. Unfortunately way too often brutal apocalyptic images of
destruction are used by conservative religious circles, sects and
political forces to instill fear and preserve the current status quo. |
Surprisingly, throughout history, apocalypticism often played quite a positive role of a highly creative force.
It was so, because apocalypticism did not shy away from acknowledging
and recording the reality of the world. It captured it with raw, almost
brutal honesty, yet, at the same time it presented the visions of an
alternative, more harmonious, just and benevolent divine world. This
contrapuntal feature of apocalypticism allowed people throughout the
history to criticize the current status quo and envision alternative
Thus apocalpticism can have two functions, 1)
conservative control by fear, or 2) fostering revolutionary dreams. You
might know me well enough to guess which form of use I find truer to the
original intention and congenial to us today.
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