Contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination
Contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination normally portray the prevailing concerns or obsessions that people have regarding the apocalypse or “end of the world.” For the most part, these concerns or obsessions are represented in books and popular movies and television shows. For instance, the concept of zombies emanating from a virus infection aimed to reduce the world population is quite popular in present apocalyptic imaginations. There is also the idea that the apocalypse will occur as a result of destruction caused by World War whereby nuclear weapons are used. The latter is a point of view that Wojcik advances in his idea that the current mass corruption and fallouts between nations when it comes to economic treaties and diplomatic relations are ominous scenarios that signal an impending Cold War. However, these are just as apocalyptic imaginations. What leads to people having such apocalyptic imaginations is of immense prominence.
For Christians and others who believe in the Biblical Apocalypse, their concerns are founded on a definite fate that they believe awaits them in the end. Thus, they are normally concerned about what they can do to avoid an undesirable end to their existence, which is ensuring that one repents of his or her sins and obtain redemptions from an unfortunate end. However, there is no such definite fate or assurance in secular apocalyptic imaginations. People cannot plan for it or protect themselves from an undesirable end to their lives. This attribute of secular apocalyptic imaginations leaves a window of opportunity that is filled with discordant apocalyptic imaginations and the events that cause them. The outcome of this lack of assurance of definite and vivid fate is the perpetuation of apocalyptic ideas such as the nuclear war destruction, zombies destruction, alien destruction and mutant destruction as contemporary examples of the prospective apocalypse.Contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination
On the same point about the events and things that lead to apocalyptic imaginations, it is vital to note that in as much as there is a definite fate for religious believers and a lack of vivid fate for secular believers in the apocalypse, their concepts of the end times serve to reconcile two conflicting beliefs. The first belief is that this world is full of dreadful things that are bound to result in destruction. The second belief is that people are meant for a higher purpose or higher existence other than their current lives here on the earth. No one wants utter destruction of their lives and every individual hopes for a better life than the one he or she is living now. The thoughts they have regarding the apocalypse are hinged on reconciling the two beliefs regardless of whether the apocalyptic imaginations are founded on sacred texts or on social relations and trends in the society. Therefore, despite conflicting apocalyptic beliefs and fatalism concepts exhibited by religious believers and secular believers in the apocalypse, both of these factions recognize the shortcomings of the current world in terms of dreadful events that occur daily and long for better existence and higher purpose.
Question Three-contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination
In as much as people tend to enjoy present moments, activities and events in what is popular perpetuated by the notion “You Only Live Once” (YOLO), they also reckon about end times from time to time. Even for people who think about the apocalypse sporadically, the times when they do so, they exhibit immense seriousness. This is because people desire a favorable end to their lives or contentment regarding the manner in which their lives have come to an end. Of course no one wants their lives to end through utter destruction. That is why many individuals accord more prominence to the end rather than their prevailing lives. There is no denying the fact that a significant proportion of people in the world go through their daily lives with the assumption that the next day will not be like the previous one, that is, no collapse of the society, pitfalls or end of the world. Nonetheless, for the rest of the people, doomsday or the end has a certain appeal.
The apocalyptic worldview is not uncommon. At the extreme end are individuals who from time to time purport to know the exact dates of the end of the world and cults that carry out attacks to begin the apocalypse. Nonetheless, the idea of doomsday appeals to the well-adjusted and secular people in the society as well through popular movies and television shows that portray discordant apocalyptic imaginations. Moreover, economic hard times and crises or natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis have spike interest in survivalist actions and preparation for doomsday such as stocking food and other supplies. The presence of such crises be they, current or looming makes people think more about the end rather than their prevailing lives. I believe that such apocalyptic worldview emanates from a desire to reconcile two different beliefs. First, there is something awfully wrong with the world of current human existence. Second, there is a sense of a higher purpose or good that people seek as a hope for a better future. When people see the world as a flawed place that is headed towards some type of cosmic correction, they reconcile these two conflicting beliefs. Contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination
Christians place immense importance on the apocalypse as described in their sacred texts. This particularly concerns the prophecy of doomsday in the sacred texts and people’s interpretations of the looming apocalypse. Since these believers are certain that the prophecy in their sacred text cannot be wrong, failed predictions of the apocalypse or the end of the world only tend to convince them that their own interpretations were wrong, opening the door for novel predictions. On one hand, religious believers prepare for or expect that they will be among those saved from the destruction and torments of the apocalypse. On the other hand, secular believers in the apocalypse prepare to fight for their survival. Irrespective of apocalyptic imaginations held by different people, that is, religious believers and secular believers, what is common between the two is the stress of being prepared for the apocalypse. Thus, most people consider preparedness for the apocalypse to be their personal duty or responsibility in order to have a better life or existence after the apocalypse. It is safe to assert that while people enjoy their current lives, they are not content with being in the middle of history and are incessantly reckoning about the end of the world and the outcome of their lives after the apocalypse.Contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination
Question Five-contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination
In the article Family Splatters, the authors state that albeit numerous scholars argue that zombie narratives present the apocalypse as a novel way to imagine social relations, recent televisual and cinematic examples of the genre point towards the resiliency of the heteronormative nuclear family as the core foundation of novel social relations. Nonetheless, social relations go beyond the confines of the family unit even though the thought of the family unit surviving amidst the turmoil of the apocalypse is quite comforting. Once a families step out of their homes, there are discordant social settings in their societies and the world at large that govern their way of life. Thus, in the analysis of 21st century zombie narratives such as the innovative Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later and the financially successful Zombieland and The Walking Dead in Family Splatters, the reader learns about life and social settings after the apocalypse that are either right or wrong depending on social trends in the society today.
I believe that the portrayal of heteronormative family relations as a fundamental feature of popular modern zombie media is right with regard to prospective family units at the time of the apocalypse. Zombie apocalypse movies and TV shows provide a morbid critique of dominant social structures while wiping the state clean. This is evident in how few uninfected people survive the apocalypse and begin a novel society that is devoid of conventional racial, gender, class and family structures. The survivors also reject Western racist and sexist formations and move towards a more post-capitalist society whereby hierarchical barricades do not exist. The first portion of this statement is right as is seen in the current social trends in the world whereby people are increasingly vocal when it comes to fighting against racial and gender discrimination. Moreover, in the face of disaster, people tend to come together to provide help where needed regardless of their race or gender. This is why the ending of Dawn of the Dead whereby two survivors, a pregnant white woman and a black man escape in a helicopter to an unknown future reiterates the hope of a new structure of relationships and a new social order. This ending is a plausible due to the numerous interracial relationships and marriages that already exist in the world today.Contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination
However, I do not believe that eradication of hierarchical barricades after the zombie apocalypse is right. While all forms of social solidarity may be dissolved during and after the zombie apocalypse, I believe that they will be supplanted by individualism, personal responsibility, ownership of private property and upholding of family values. Naturally, when institutions of civil and state society collapse, the family automatically becomes a sanctuary due to lack of trust in other members of the community. To a large extent, this lack of trust will result in the eradication of hierarchical barricades, however, not completely. This is because new factions rise to protect each other, with females becoming main characters or leaders due to their embodiment of emotional toughness and physical fortitude in the heat of the zombie attack. Thus, in as much as the heteronormative nuclear family is a plausible outcome of the zombie collapse as a sanctuary, there is no assurance that hierarchical barricades will no longer exist, particularly when the same zombie narrative portray the rise of strong and powerful females in the society who lead and protect their families and communities during attacks.Contemporary examples of the apocalyptic imagination