Apocolypse Now (2021)
AuthorsMills, Johnshow all
Every theology, as with archaic societies, has its own eschatology. Endings precipitate new beginnings, and beginnings recapitulate the original cosmogonic acts of endings that preceded it, the Chaos before Creation. Ending conditions Beginning. Openings come from Closings. A new state emerges from death as a rising phoenix. Restoration, regeneration, and rebirth are new creations that imply a return to paradise – an Eden – the original state of man. Fall and return from the order of being is an oscillating narrative spread throughout human history, only the contexts and details vary. In eschatological prophecies, recovering the lost perfection of beginnings is an unconscious motivation in the destruction and abolition of the world, symbolic or otherwise, for the pining to return to a so-called state of ecstasy as recapitulation of the perfection of origin as lost paradise fuels the human fantasy of pure bliss. There is no such thing and there never was or will be. But this fantasy is far from dead. In more sophisticated cosmogonies, the restoration as renewal of the cosmos is achieved symbolically by summoning the original bliss of beginning as recovered in its absolute reality: what was lost in its original perfection is now returned. What was lost is recovered anew, reinstated in all its glory in illo tempore.