A Fictional Guide to Surviving the End of the World
Here’s the thing about the apocalypse: You don’t know when it’s coming. It’s an obvious truth, yet it’s what grants the apocalypse narrative endurance. The Apostle Paul warned the Thessalonians that destruction will come like a “thief in the night.” Even as prophecies go, Paul’s is particularly devastating, his linguistic reduction of entire civilizations to mere objects, just another thing that a thief can stuff in his pocket and slip away with, is spectacular in its totality. But Paul was not one for subtlety—warnings of inevitable doom probably shouldn’t be rendered with subdued restraint—instead, the end is inevitable, Paul warns, and its horizons are broad and bright if you simply bother to look in its direction. To Paul’s dismay, the populace preferred abstraction to his concrete reality, refusing even to glance toward the end.