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Apocalypse Now

One of my Facebook friends recently said, "I thought the Apocalypse would be more exciting." Apocalypse? We do tend to overstate things. Covid-19 deaths? The Black Plague killed somewhere between 30% to 60% of Europe. Riots in the cities? I'm old enough to remember 1968, when Washington, Los Angeles, and several other cities were on fire for much of the summer. Climate change? What about the great European Famine of 1315-1317? The truth is that we (especially middle- and upper-class white folks) have had an extended period of such peace and prosperity that troubles of any sort feel like the end of the world. (Last Wednesday morning I had eye surgery, and the surgeon says my recovery is progressing perfectly, but I am in despair because I STILL can't see clearly through that eye. Everyone tells me that I shouldn't expect to for at least two weeks; nevertheless, I'm in despair because I expect perfection and I expect it instantly.) A while back, one of my black