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Signs of the Times

By P.Leon

If you are Muslim, you know that the world will end some day. Well, at least mankind’s rule will end when the two messiahs (Isa and Imam Mahdi) come and defeat the Dajjal (false messiah).
If you are Buddhist, you may know that according to the Sutta Pitaka, the ten moral behaviours will disappear and people will follow the ten amoral behaviours are: theft, violence, murder, lying, evil speaking, adultery, abusive and idle talk, covetousness and ill will, wanton greed, and perverted lust resulting in skyrocketing poverty. Then, Maitreya will come to re-teach people the moral courses of conduct.
If you are Hindu, you may know of the Vaishnavite tradition, which states that Kalki will be the last Avatar of Vishnu before the final age draws to a close. Then, Shiva destroys. Then the cycle begins anew; Brahma regenerates. Hindu prophecy states that before Kalki comes people will degenerate in their moral character to the point where quarrelling and hypocrisy are prevalent. There will be an overwhelming sense of helplessness in the face of the horrors and suffering of the human condition as well as nostalgia for a golden past or a future salvation.
If you are Christian, you know that in the last days perilous times shall come. People will be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than God. There will be wars and natural calamities. Then, a false prophet will come to deceive the world into a false sense of peace and security. After that, the messiah will come to destroy the wicked (including the false prophet) and save the righteous.
For millennia, there have always been people who have thought that the end of the world was near. However, perhaps never in the world’s history have there been so many people feeling that the end was near as we have today. What is causing this mass sentiment? Is it all the wars and rumours of wars that abound? Maybe that’s part of it, but we’ve always had wars on this decrepit planet. Perhaps it is all the typhoons, flooding, droughts, and impending famine. Maybe that’s part of it, but we have natural disasters every year. That’s nothing new. What then is causing so many people worldwide to think we are in end times?
I can only speculate. My guess is that it is the nearly complete moral decay of our global society. I talk to people from all over the world. They all tell me the same thing: our governments are all corrupt. They feel helpless. They don’t know what to do about it. Poverty is increasing, while the “banksters” keep bailing each other out. Greed is ubiquitous. Most people only look out for number one. They don’t help each other anymore. When you are successful, others seem to always put you down, either out of jealousy or some twisted sense of self-preservation. People are just plain mean to each other. Racism still exists. People are being terrorized by their own governments. Concern for mother earth is waning in favour of profiteering. Scientists falsify or hide data in order to get grants from the government. We know that our governments are lying to us, but we can’t prove it. There’s more debt on this planet than there is money, and the debt only increases every year. We know that we should move toward clean energy, but we continue to use coal and petroleum. We build nuclear power plants in known earthquake zones. How can it get any worse?
I am appalled at the moral atrocities that occur in this world. Recently, I saw a news report that a British female reporter was attacked, disrobed, and sexually molested in public, by so-called Muslim men in Egypt. Luckily, some good Muslim men came to her rescue and fought off the bad Muslim men. They then covered her in men’s robes and escorted her to the nearest hospital. She never recovered her clothing or gear.
Here in Mongolia, I have been despondent to find out that an expatriate whom I had previously thought to be a fairly decent fellow has been engaging in unethical business practices in order to increase profits and make himself look good in the eyes of his business partners. He has hurt other people’s feelings, stepped on people’s proverbial toes, and used people all in the interest of financial gain. He feigns interest and generosity when it seems to have particular benefit to his wallet, and is rude when it doesn’t. Employee turnover is high, because he and his partners won’t pay decent wages, while the owners make insane amounts of money.
Is this what they teach in business schools these days? Step on people to succeed? Is this the business model of the modern age? Have we not learned anything from our past? Empires built upon domination always fall, especially business empires. The only empire that will never fall is one built upon philanthropy, service and compassion. When people see the love and compassion, they will beg to join the empire. They will not have to be compelled. People will line up at the doors to get in.
One might be able to pull the wool over most people’s eyes for a while, but eventually people catch on and word of mouth spreads. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that it is counterproductive in the long run to cheat people. Ecclesiastes wrote: “Cast thy bread upon the waters, and it will return to you after many days.” If you cast mouldy bread, you can expect mouldy bread to come back to you.
I see the moral decay of our society as a sign of the times. Perhaps the end of the world is near after all. I hope it is. I don’t want to live in a selfish, compassionless world.

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