Ep.41 APOCALYPTIC THINKING: HOW IT RELATES TO OUR PRESENT
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"First on air 16 April 2022 "

In 2012, Reuters, a United Kingdom-based international news agency, did a survey of around 16,000 people in more than 20 countries about their belief in apocalypse. It was found that almost 15 percent, or one in seven people worldwide, believed that the world would end in their lifetime, be it through the hands of God, a natural disaster, or a political event. Turkey and the United States had the highest number of people who believed in apocalypse, accounting for 22 percent of their populations, followed by South Africa and Argentina. The word ‘apocalypse’ comes from the Greek word apokalypsis which actually means ‘unveiling’ or ‘revelation’. Revelations made to humans by a supernatural agency, heavy symbolism, numerology with vague meanings, extensive use of visions and allegory, concern about a catastrophic day of judgment or the end of the world – all of these are characteristics of apocalyptic literature. Discussing the issues of why we have apocalyptic thinking are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rawitawan Sophonpanich of Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Keerati Chenpitayaton of Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University.