Will Our Civilization End Suddenly?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
I belive computer disasters in Y2K would tend to end our civilization abruptly, rather than slowly. Some ancient societies have been snuffed out so quickly that the inhabitants didn't even bothering finishing dinner. Will we leave machinery frozen in mid operation, wide open bank vaults, and half finished construction projects to baffle future historians? Time will tell. The only surviving explanation for the end to our civilization might only be the letters YZK, Y2K, or NWO chiseled on cave walls.
Excerpt from: Our Haunted Planet by John A. Keel
Fair use, for educational purposes.
--One story popular soon after Angkor's [ancient city in Cambodia] discovery is that the city was abandoned suddenly (probably around A.D. 1300) in the same way that the Easter Islanders threw down their tools in their quarries and fled. At least it is obvious the Angkor was the product of an advanced culture of engineers and stonemasons and that their culture vanished rather suddenly.
History demonstrates that men have often built imposing, elaborate cities, flourished in them for hundreds or even thousands of years, then deserted them to live in simple grass huts on their perimeters. Wars and natural calamities often played a part in this pattern, of course. Great cultures have risen and then died out. Men returned to simpler ways of life. It is the natural order of things. A thousand years from now people may be living in thatched shacks in New Jersey and on Long Island within full view of the decaying towers of Manhattan. They may tell the children about the peculiar ancients who built the towers as part of the strange religion whiched worshipped the great god Money.
-- Ocotillo (peeling@out.===), November 15, 1999
How? What is you definition of abrupt and slowly? A nuclear war is about the only way I can see it happening. I don't believe we will be nuked for Y2k. I do see Darwin in the future for a bunch of people. But I think things will spread out for a few years. Then civilization as we will know it will go on.
-- anonymous (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 15, 1999.
read "fingerprints of the gods" if you want to explore this issue further and you will see lots of similar stories in other cultures and at roughly the same time. they seemed to see it coming--what ever it was. some theorize it was a sudden shift of the earth's crust. i really thought this book was very interesting.
christians believe the world will end relatively suddenly. and many christians are beginnign to see the signs that it could be within several decades based on the number and types of prophecies that are currently being fulfilled right before our very eyes.
there will be a period of seven years in the world's history unlike any other. great upheaval in the human population--war, famine, political stuggle. there will be one point where a huge number of people disappear from the earth--the rapture. not every one agrees at what point the rapture will occur--some say before the seven years begins, some say middle, some say end. however, the last 3.5 years of this time will be the worst as god begins to reclaim the earth as his own through a whole series of cataclysmic natural events on the earth and in the heavens (the bible says that people will literally "expire" from fear it will be such a frightening time. when christ appears at the end of this time to the whole earth-it will all end suddenly to be recreated for the millenium (that is another debated point). sounds crazy when you put it on paper but hey i am looking forward to the ending of the story and i do believe i will be alive when it happens.
-- tt (email@example.com), November 15, 1999.
"Fingerprints of the Gods" is a great book! If you want to take the crustal displacement theory even further, try a book aptly titled "5- 5-2000". As if Y2K itself were not enough...
-- Ludi (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 15, 1999.
-- zzzzzzzzz (email@example.com), November 15, 1999.
"christians believe the world will end relatively suddenly."
Make sure you are referring to the "economic world system" (or The Babylonian System) ending when speaking of the end of the world. (Mat 12:32 KJV)"...neither in this world, neither in the world to come." The word "world" is...165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp.
And try speaking of the peace that will come with the end of this slave system.
(Rom 10:15 KJV) "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel (good news) of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"
2097. euaggelizo, yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo ); from G2095 and G32; to announce good news ("evangelize") espec. the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).
-- Mark Hillyard (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 15, 1999.
For some interesting reading on the subject, go to:
Due to my severe HTML handicap, maybe someone else will link it.
Summation: there just ain't enough resources in the world to continue on as we are for much longer. The party has to end, and soon. Infomagic's assessment of carrying capacity limitations will come to pass within a few years, Y2K or not. The CDC is simply a convenient trigger event.
Have a nice day!
-- Y2Kook (Y2Kook@usa.net), November 15, 1999.