Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why Wait For The Apocalypse?

Act #197: The time is now.

The following is an excerpt from a popular science fiction movie that is currently in theaters.  If you have ever watched any end-of-the-world, doom and gloom-themed movies in your lifetime, you've heard speeches like this one before.  Typically, the scenario goes something like this:  Humans are being attacked by monsters or aliens, and a military or rogue leader of some form gives a rousing last effort speech before sending a team out for one seemingly hopeless mission to save humankind.  One that by all laws of logic should fail.  But in that moment, during that speech, human survival depends on absolute trust in perfect strangers, a resolute belief in a future despite the odds, and a willingness to fight for it.  This particular speech takes place towards the end of the movie, right before the lead commanding officer sends his troops out for one last bold and desperate attempt to save the world.

Everyone, listen up.  Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we’ve chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other.  Today there’s not a man or woman that shall stand alone.  Today we face the monsters that are at our door.  Today we are canceling the apocalypse.
What if we didn't wait until the end of the world to cancel the apocalypse? 
What if we started believing in each other now?

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