Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Apocalypse Now vs Apocalypse Then
When looking at the pictures of old for the apocalypse, one has to wonder what they were used for. Here we have the picture of the four horseman of the apocalypse. One of the most recognized pictures depicting the end of times. The four horseman, which include, death, pestilence, famine, and war, are the first four plagues to hit earth during the biblical tribulation.
The picture itself while not very scary to us could have been horrific in the 1000's when this was created. The church would have used an image like this to keep power and to gain even more throughout the lands. The church would have used this image to gain believers, saying that they should repent or they would have to endure witnessing these times. Another way that the church would have used this image was to gain money. The images would have been used to be very controlling during that time period. They used these to feed off the restlessness of the people about the end of times, and used it to the church's advantage.
Today though, these pictures have very little meaning to us. People who are religious still find these images intriguing, but do not find them frightening. The pictures that people have created today of the apocalypse, though can strike fear in today's society.
Images such as the one on the right can bring a grim reality upon us. This image depicts a city after a disaster. We don't know what this disaster could have been. It could have been a raging fire, or a massive tsunami. This could have also been the product of a nuclear explosion. While one may wonder what could have been the cause of this destruction, we still realize in the back of our minds that these ideas are quite possible. This is how the images of the apocalypse today scare us. We know that in the back of our minds that there could be the possibility of this really happening. The images hit closer to home, and make us wonder when it could happen.
The images of the apocalypse from centuries ago do not have the same affect that images of the apocalypse have now. Now the images are more real; more defining. The images of then are used more as propaganda than they are depicting a reality that is possible.