Why Americans Engage in Apocalyptic Thinking
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâm Rob Lorei. Coming up today weâll talk about end of the world predictionsâand why people in the USâmore than any other country are obsessed with the Apocalypseâ¦.
But first one listener comment about yesterdayâs Last Call on which we played the controversial speech by Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer in which he talked about who is responsible for job creation. Hereâs what one listener had to say.
Last year a Christain minister who controlled a large media network predicted the world would end. On May 21st 2011. The day came and went without incident. The minister Harold Camping then re-adjusted his prediction and said the end of the world would happen October 21st of last year. Well, weâre still here. But from Christian television, to books such as the Late Great Planet Earth from the 1970sâs to the best selling Left Behind series, to new age predictions of the end of the world this year based on the Mayan calendar, to the best selling Hunger Games booksâthe first of which is one of the hottest films of the spring--âthe US is a hotbed of apocalyptic thinking. Our guest today has studied the phenomenon and has written a book about it called THE LAST MYTH: WHAT THE RISE OF APOCALYPTIC THINKING TELLS US ABOUT AMERICA. Matt Gross joins us now.comments powered by Disqus