“When will this end?”
“What will happen after this?”
“I wonder what’s going to happen at the end of the movie.”
“What will happen at the end of the book?”
Humans are sucker for spoilers. We may not admit it and some really won’t but we are always curious what would happen in the end, what is beyond the rainbow, where does the poo-poo go after you flush it. Our curiosity leads us to know what or where or when is happily ever after. We want to know what will happen at the end, sometimes without even bothering how it ended up that way.
I remember observing some friends back in the heydays of Harry Potter (before the movies). I would observe how some of them would constantly try to take a peek at the end to see what would happen. I recall a friend admitting that she sometimes read the end of the book first then proceeds to read the rest of the story.
While I don’t do that to books, I usually do that to movies. I want to know the story before actually watching the movie, unless it was something I really wanted to watch even before its official theater screening. If the movie is good or has something that caught my attention, I watch it (or most of the time, download it but forget to watch it until I really needed to erase it because it’s taking too much space on my hard drive).
I also remember some friends who went to Quiapo to go book-bargain hunting only to end up inside a fortune teller (Ah, the things you do in high school!). They were actually told that their next boyfriend or probably the man that they would marry would start with some letter in the alphabet (glad it wasn’t W!). From then on, they tried to match the names of their next boyfriends with the letter mentioned by the fortune teller.
I am no psychologist or sociologist, but there seems to be something about us wanting to know what will happen in the future. There’s this gripping desire to know what will happen next. Proof of it is all of the Pre-Apocalyptic, Apocalyptic, and Post-Apocalyptic Films that were produced since the beginning of television. I never watched any of these, in fact, I slept through Armageddon twice. These movies, though, actually do sell! Probably because most people wanted to see what would happen beyond. When will the earth end if it will ever will? What would we do if that actually happened? Will it happen in 2012?
“In the end, it doesn’t really matter.”
– Linkin Park
A friend told me about his friend in some foreign country who actually lived in a hole under the earth. His friend stocked his house with enough food and supplies to last three years or more, plus enough weaponry to invade the Philippines. Imagine the paranoia of thinking that something strange and devastating that would happen in the near future.
The same paranoia, curiosity or whatever you may call it, also happened some 2000 years ago on top of Mount Olives. “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matt. 24:3)
The Lord knew that people wanted this sense of security. He knew that they wanted comfort because the things that would come ahead are not really so good. Throughout the chapter, Jesus told them about wars, famines, earthquakes, storms, impostors, darkening heavens and many other scary calamities. Yet at the end, the best was to come.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. – Matthew 24:29-31
Imagine the promise. Through it all, Jesus Himself will come down and get us all. What an assurance. The world ends in happily ever after, after all!
Perhaps the end doesn’t really matter after all, because God is already there. 🙂