Is This the Point of Armageddon?

He was a serious man, he was matter-of-fact and practical, down to his running shoes. I wondered about his eerie self-assurance, his freedom from doubt. Is this the point of Armageddon? No ambiguity, no more doubt. He was ready to run into the next world. He was forcing the next world to seep into my consciousness, stupendous events that seemed matter-of-fact to him, self-evident, reasonable, imminent, true. I did not feel Armageddon in my bones but I worried about all those people who did, who were ready for it, wishing hard, making phone calls and bank withdrawals. If enough people want it to happen, will it happen? How many people are enough people?

—Don DeLillo, White Noise

2 responses to “Is This the Point of Armageddon?

  1. I keep wondering about this! If there is enough hysteria and belief around Armageddon/end of the world….will it be brought about? Like some kind of Psychic Group Dynamic?

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