I guess I’m asking for the older generations here, who have the experience of having lived across more time than I have.
I am 30 years old. And it feels like the world is, well… getting real. Like, everything is a madhouse. Every little thing seems to have obvious (and dramatic) spiritual impact. It feels like the demonic is practically visible. (For example, mass gender confusion, mass child sacrifice (abortion), mass hysteria and anger between peoples, and even within many families.)
I say this without expectation (because Jesus himself told us that even he doesn’t know the exact date of the end of the world, and for all practical purposes we should just live as if it’s the end of the world anyway, because for each individual it always is (because of the death of each individual, which always comes within several decades, no matter what)) – but honestly, and I mean this soberly, not hysterically… in many ways it seems like the world is ending. And we do know that it’s not unrealistic to imagine that the tools of its destruction are already potentialities in the world (e.g. nuclear arsenals; astronomical phenomena with destructive impacts, etc. Maybe even something to do with climate change (though personally I think humans are adaptive and that would be only one small ingredient in whatever happens).)
So I guess I’m wondering…
Does it always feel like this? In every generation? As people come of age as adults, is there always ‘something’ going on in the world, that seems like the plausible end times? Or for those who have lived through many years already, is something happening that is actually new?
PS I’m not actually bothered by the prospect; I find the stark battle lines kind of clarifying, to be honest. I mean, it’s much harder to be misled about abortion when they’re talking about still killing the kids after they’re born, than I imagine it may have been back when they talked about ‘clumps of cells’ and euphemized the whole thing. And the chaos and extremity of the anger out there sort of accelerates the realization of its wrongness, for me (and I hope for others). So if this is the end times, I don’t mind (although I still pray it isn’t, just so more humans can be born and ultimately populate heaven and live forever in union with God). Just, curious for the thoughts of our older brothers and sisters: is this sense of drama just an illusion, and we all feel this way as we meet the world as it is (however it is at the time)? E.g. I imagine during WWI or WWII people might have felt similarly. Or do you think young people today are having a different experience – like, not just different in the sense that every generation is subtly different, but that something different is actually going on, ‘out there’, spiritually…?