The End of the World


When the end of the world came, it came quietly. There were no preacher's shouting at passers by to atone, there was no ancient prophecy, no untoward marks on any calendar.


In fact when the end came only a few even noticed at all. On the last day it was business as usual. on the last night families ate, laughed, and fought.

In our arrogance every person, every generation sees itself positioned so prominently in the universe. Things have never been worse, the stakes had never been higher, our time must be the end of times...

And yet two days after the world was supposed to end I sat in the deepest chamber of an abandoned mine, a hundred feet below the surface and read a newspaper written decades before I was born. Nothing had changed; wars raged across the world, our enemies gathered against us, at home we struggled against the demons of our own nature.

It is comforting to think that someday our world will be swept clean, our embaressments, our shame, all forgotten with no one left to remember. But the end never comes that easily and the day after each of us wakes up and the world has not changed. On those nights I dream of the world we could ahve made for ourselves, if only we had another chance.

On those mornings haunting memories of the past and the present seem mocking. But maybe one day the end could come, to a single person; a personal apocalypse whose fires could cleanse the shame and regret. Perhaps after the end of the world came and went that person could start again, if only for themselves. Instead of waiting for judgement as we have always done, we could start again from here, we could take what was left of the world and shape the paradise we dreamed of, from the hell we feared it had become.



See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning