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This Is the Way the World Ends: A last minute revelation from someone more than human
Posted by wyrd1, Aug 18, 2008. 1869 views. ID = 1616

This Is the Way the World Ends

Posted by wyrd1, Aug 18, 2008. 1869 views. ID = 1616
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There was a moment there, right before the end, that I just knew... finally knew what I was meant to be in the world.

Amid the ashes and the flames, the wails of sirens and the injured and the smell of smoke and gasoline, I was transformed.

The city was a husk, a burning shell of what is was. Buildings were leveled. Streets were upturned. Everywhere I looked there was smoke and fire. I don't know if it was just here or if the whole world had suddenly exploded. But, this was enough, right?

The whole world doesn't have to end for it to be the end for you. That's all that matters ultimately to each of us. Once you are done, the world is done. Some people like to think that their name will live on, that they left some sort of legacy. But that's a hollow victory, isn't it?

As I walked through the streets of the burning city I saw many dying people. I really SAW them. I could tell in a second if someone's wounds were mortal. I blessed those that were dying. I smiled at them and they were comforted.

I would pause by those that were merely broken and I would adjust them in such a way that they would be in less pain. In their hearts, they suddenly knew they would make until the end.

Sadly, my gift of comfort also brought with it the realization that even though they had lived today, that it was all over soon enough anyway. And more, that there was nothing beyond that.

I spread this truth to those that lived: There was nothing more. The life you've led is the life you've led. There are no second chances; no ultimate reward awaiting you in Heaven.

If I could have held it to me, it might have been better for some of these people to live in pain with the hope of salvation. I could not stop myself. I could not stand to see the physical suffering. And so what if they found out now? They'd all know soon enough...

That was the moment of my transformation. It was so simple. It was blazingly obvious once seen. For a moment, I was stunned by my own blindness.

I had thought, "They would know soon enough..."

They would never know! Because the knowledge I had, that there was nothing after life, was only for those now living. Once you ended, you ended. There would be no, "Oh! Now there's nothing." There would just Be nothing.

I had become the destroyer. While I had comforted their physical wounds and opened their minds to the truth, I had created infinitely more pain and suffering for many.

I sat myself down in the rubble and with the flames inching towards me, I watched the people of the city die around me. I heard their cries for help and desperate pleas for release.

I let them die as slowly as it took.

Let them keep the thought, deep below the suffering and pain, that they would be rewarded. That the afterworld would be worth the price they were paying. Ignorance is Bliss.

I'm sorry.

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Aug 19, 2008
Nicely written, though I don't agree with your character's premise. :) Have you read this piece that I wrote: It Felt Like the End of the World? I'm trying to figure out if your main character is the same as mine...
   ~Posted by Douglas, Aug 19, 2008

Aug 20, 2008
I agree with Doug if I was unsaved and dying I think I would be terrified not knowing what is out there for me after I die. At that time if someone was to tell me that there was a way to live forever in eternity with God I think I would have a real hunger for the truth at that moment. I think it would be a shame for someone who was a Christian to walk around a site like you have described and not feel that the only thing that is going to help these people is knowing the truth. That God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for their sins and for the sins of the world. And that if they believed that he died for them and except Jesus into their heart that their sins would be forgiven and they will live for all eternity in heaven with God. At that point in their life I believe they would be more open to learning about what Jesus did for them. Thanks for the story that was thought provoking. It was very well writen
   ~Posted by Kalie-j, Aug 20, 2008

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