Apocalytes: Cultists who believe either that the end of the world is just around the corner or else attempt to bring about the end of the world themselves to trigger specific events related to the endtimes.
The recent rise of apocalytes has been alarming with many reports and surveys indicating belief in ‘apocalypism’ is steadily gaining ground amidst significant sections of the populace.
Apocalytes traditionally do not place much emphasis on the value of this world, and welcome dissolution or else the destruction of contemporary society as it stands in order to connect to a ‘higher plane of reality’ or existence. Of course, whilst every era has had its fair share of apocalytes, the capacity to bring about the actual ‘end of the world’ has been commensurately deficient. It is only in the modern times when the tools belonging to the race of multicellular organisms known as ‘humans’ [sic Anglicized] has advanced to an unprecedented degree, and the ability of specific individuals to inflict destruction on closely clustered civilian populations has trebled as previous military grade technologies and secrets have filtered into the public sphere.
Modern day apocalytes have arisen in several spiritual conglomerations and faith groups, with most strands tracing their lineage back to the series of desert religions inspired by Knosstic teachings that this world is a shadow of a truer reality and that humanity can access their inner connection to this divine state of existence through different rituals, forms of meditation and even medicinal herbs.
Whilst the recent rise is worrying, even more troubling is the prominence of apocalytes in positions of authority and power in several key positions globally and on a local level. One expert on societal psychology, Professor Francis Malleum, summarized the problem in he following way,
‘What we have is the inherent contradiction of mankind in its increased intellectual capacity; the need to both survive on a physical level, but also to plug into some higher force or entity in which he also derives meaning and spiritual satisfaction. This doesn’t necessarily need to be as grandiose as the archetypal monk locking himself in a retreat somewhere or a hermit-wise man on top of a mountain.
It could be as mundane as the working man committing himself to the wellbeing of his family, or the street-corner thug who works his way into a local gang or the office worker who devotes himself to the company. The need to be embedded into some greater cause is embedded in the need for every individual to inflate their own sense of purpose into something worthy of preservation, but also somethng which can ethically justify the lengths to which a man will go so far as to dispatch adversaries threatening ‘his tribe’ or even his willingness to offer his own destruction as the price worth paying for the preservation of some greater idea, some grander sense of himself that will survive him.
This is both a troubling and awesome feature of the developed human psyche and accompanying imagination, for what we’re really seeing now is people able to not just identify themselves as a physical entity but also to disidentify themselves, in the sense that they can assign common notions of ‘self-interest’ beyond their own self existing. However, far from the spiritual liberation which he founders of conventional Knosstic doctrine must have imagined so long ago, modern incarnations of Knosstic denials of reality, both secular and faith-based, have led only to a bitter resentment at the state of reality, unimaginable acts of terror and devastation commited in the name of ‘a better world’ and above all else, the rise of individuals willing to set the world on fire when they feel they can no longer change it.
These feelings of helplessness have multiplied in a world which has become more connected, but in which power also feels as if it is becoming more remote and out of reach of the everyday man. It’s a shame too, because we’ve built so many technologies which could do so much good for humanity, and you’re stuck between the smart people who want to use technology to just micro-manage the lives of other people, and the ignorant people who want to use technology to just blow shit up.’