9. THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE APOCALYPSES OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
In the 21st century predictions continue to have a stronger effect on society than prophecies and messianisms. While predictions, when they are well-grounded, are taken very seriously into consideration, prophecies and messianisms are ridiculed or become alarm signals for possible terrorist or suicidal actions. This trend forces the contemporary mystics to adapt and – as the 2012 phenomenon demonstrated – to skillfully use scientific data to support the validity of their prophecies. Nevertheless, it is obvious that the traditional harbingers of apocalypse “expired.” In fact, the veritable apocalyptic propagandists of the 21st century are no longer the prophets, the clairvoyants, the mediums, the astrologers or the insane, but Hollywood. Not even the scientists, who warn us with clear proofs about our possible grim future, have such an influence as the movies. Apocalypses, of any kind, are extraordinary subjects for screening. And Hollywood does not care about religious doctrines or scientific laws. From impossible apocalypses, produced by zombies, apes, vampires or even plants, less probable apocalypses, as the apocalypse of the machines, to possible apocalypses, caused by climate failure or another natural phenomenon, the film industry has a large palette where it can choose from. Its only purpose is to make money. And in order to do that it produces entertainment or, in this case, exploits our greatest fears.