Nothing has repeated itself as often as announced end of the world. An apocalypse predicted by esotericists was to take place on August 11, 1999, when a total solar eclipse was observed in Austria. Amazingly, on August 12, the earth was still moving around the sun. In the meantime, the end of the world became more and more violent, most recently due to a truant named Greta.
In Europe, devils, witches and the associated twilight of the gods have always been the darlings of doomsday eroticism. Hollywood also regularly plays with the horror of the end times. Films like Terminator, Waterworld, Postman, End of Days, Independence Day, Deep Impact, 2012, Joker and others show the filmmakers’ diabolical lust for disaster.
Around the turn of the first millennium, riots broke out because of the supposedly imminent end of the world. The people and clergy switched to apocalypse mode. In 1033 there was a solar eclipse. It didn’t need more. Pastor Michael Stifl “calculated” the end of the world a few centuries later for October 19, 1533. In the 16th century, the amateur prophet Nostradamus published his “Centuries”. From this, some of his epigones derived an end of the world for the mentioned summer of 1999, which, as is well known, refused to occur. The Jehovah’s Witnesses prophesied about Judgment Day in 1914, later in 1918, then in 1925. In 1975 they gave the last warning of Armageddon.
Meanwhile we survived forest mortality, ozone lochism, swine flu, bird flu and other isms. On December 21, 2012, the world ended again because of a misinterpreted Mayan calendar. In February 2007, the BILD newspaper predicted on the basis of “expert” analyzes that the earth would die of heat death in 13 years, i.e. two years ago – scientifically verifiable, of course. And again that stubborn ball called earth refuses to sink. There is global warming, but there is no climate catastrophe. The Pasterzegletscher disappeared completely a few thousand years ago, but then came back. In the Middle Ages and during the rule of the Romans it was warmer than today – without an increase in carbon dioxide, but again nothing has gone under. Despite this, the panic industry is booming.
Indeed, we have had and still have to deal with some real crises. They arose through stupidity, arrogance and ideology, but were always overcome – mostly with sacrifices. Unfortunately, people only learned short-term lessons from the crises. After World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in October 1962. The US imposed a “quarantine” on Cuba because the Soviets had stationed intermediate-range missiles there. The Soviet ships were escorted by three submarines, one of which had a torpedo with a nuclear warhead on board. A military madness! This nuclear torpedo would have destroyed most of the then operating American Atlantic fleet, consisting of numerous destroyers, aircraft carriers and over three hundred aircraft. This has been known since the devastating underwater explosion of the “Baker” nuclear test bomb in July 1946 off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. After the Americans spotted the submarines, the Russian captains panicked and wanted to launch the nuclear torpedo. The commander of the submarine fleet, Vasily Archipov, forbade that. One man single-handedly saved millions of lives with it, because the submarine bomb would have triggered a nuclear war.
Since then not much has happened apart from the mentioned (mostly green) doomsday myths. This has led to generations of ruling imperial weather politicians being elected who, given the current crises (migrant floods, inflation, pension systems, energy crisis, etc.), look old. Even opposition politicians have little to offer apart from a few seemingly helpless donations of words. All crises are the result of misjudgments by our overwhelmed elites. The migration crisis of illegal immigrants in our social system overwhelms us. The numbers show it: 4.4% of Austrians receive social assistance, while three-quarters of Somalis and almost four-fifths of Syrians do.
Inflation is also worrying. It arose less from the war in Ukraine than from a series of “bailouts” for fragile debt-ridden countries. In truth, these were not rescues. The European Central Bank has printed trillions of dollars in money without any economic guidance. Now attempts are being made to repair the ailing system with pathetic interest rate hikes.
Crises claim victims, but crises can be overcome. For that you need courageous managers in politics, like the ones that existed shortly after the Second World War. Unfortunately, democracy enables the election of politicians who cannot deal with crises because they throw in the towel too quickly. However, it is high time that Europe’s politicians think and act more long-term and say goodbye to life-long lies. The entry into a comprehensive European transfer and debt union, begun by Angela Merkel and desired by the Greens and Social Democrats, would only worsen the euro crisis and thus the impoverishment of Europe.
End of the world only happens in Gretaland. Crises can be managed, but never with the help of para-communist ideologies or a despondent fair-weather policy.