The world is about to end.
Yeah, that’s right, let it sink in. I’ll give you a moment.
Freaking out already? Welcome to the club. You are officially now part of the club of people who shat their pants when they heard the news of the Apocalypse. If it makes you feel any better, I’m part of that club, too. But I don’t think it does. Or at least, I didn’t get any comfort knowing that pretty much almost 8 billions of us shat our pants at hearing the news about the End coming.
I guess what makes it feel that horrifying is not actually the fact that the world is ending, because, you know, we’ve always had some sort of idea that everything was going to go (several Apocalypse predictions, environmental damage, trans fats, a nuclear war, multi-drug resistant diseases…) It’s just that it feels pretty random, you know? Everything was going fine, no weird events, and then, all of a sudden, an envoy from a higher power announces that we have a year to live.
Which, by the way, I’m going to stop to describe this particular envoy. Or, should I say, non-particular envoy. Each of us has seen something different, and it’s not very clear who is right and who is wrong. Some talk about an angel (like, wings and heavenly aura, you know the drill), others talk about some alien from another dimension, there are those who even talk about an ancient deity that has been dormant (I’m going to write it: Cthuluh. Those who’ve seen him/her/it (I don’t know how Cthuluh identifies) have ended up pretty messed up), and there were even those who saw a spagghetti and meatball plate.
In this situation, we trusted our scientists to come up with something that would stop the total destruction of the world, but they just couldn’t. They said that there was basically nothing that they could do to stop an event that escaped all natural laws. But there was some hope coming from Academia: the Humanities took their moment to shine.
Several scholars pointed out that, if the End of Times was true, then many other legends could be true, and explained that several heroes had been awaiting in slumber, ready to save their country in the time of greatest peril. If at least ten percent of them were true, humanity would be saved by an army of superpowered heroes ready to make a comeback to our lives.
This is our only hope, guys. Let’s get our speleology kits, our ships and our shovels ready, and start raising all hell around us. There’s tons of work to do, if we want to find the heroes that are going to save our asses.