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24 December 2008

2008 is coming to an End

“Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point,” said Scrooge, “answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?” ---- A Christmas Carol

Its the end of the year and Christmas is one day away. This is the time where people start to think about their past, present and future. Its almost like a personal feedback time where people start to rate their life based on the things they have done in the past as well as the thing they plan to do next year.
Speaking of Next Year, Did you know that 2008 will come to an end in less than 10days? This statement is suppose to sound scary but somehow it doesn't.

I get paranoid when someone shouts: "The World is Coming to An END!"
Assuming its true, It means that we are all gonna die and we don't know whats gonna happen next. Its a deadly combination of two fears. The fear of dying and the fear of the unknown future.

If I change the sentence to "2008 is Coming to An End", it doesn't sound as scary as it is meant to. Most likely it is because we all know that we are not gonna die when 2008 expires. Add to the fact that there is no doubt 2009, a brighter future is awaiting us. Instead of something to be feared, it is something to look forward to.

I know this doesn't make much sense, but I just want to deliver the idea:
"The world is coming to an end" is a statement to be feared upon.
"2008 is coming to an end" is a statement to be excited about.

The above two sentence means the same. Something is coming to an end and yet its weird how a slight alteration in language can change my impression from fear to joy. Then again, its just the illusion I bring to myself. And if illusions are analogous to shadows: "Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?"

Simply said: Will I be truly terrified at the precise moment the world ends? More importantly, Am I able to feel the joy when 2008 comes to an end?

Question to you: "How would you feel when 2008 comes to an end?"


[Top Comment by Jessen]
Actually, no point of guessing or predicting when is the end of the world. IMO, when the end of world come, we'll all know. Let's just make our day meaningful instead of waiting for death. Happy New Year everyone!

12 comments:

sabahking said...

it is a new beginning for me ....

foongpc said...

I will miss 2008, but I will look forward to 2009 as it's a brand new year with new goals, new aspirations, and hope : )

curryegg said...

True. Different way in writing will bring different feeling and meaning. Shall I say... the power of language? Or shall I say, the power of brain? :)

I am waiting for new year.. ^_^

KeV's wAlKAbOuT said...

hmm.. 2009.... a year to look forward to? personally yes.. but then again.. some say 2009 economy is gog to be worst than 2008! so.. still looking forward to that? lol

Lisa said...

hey merry christmas :D

and a happy new year soon

- i.r.v.i.n.e - said...

am i able to have a great new year?

Harmony said...

its another boring year ! Yawns nothing gets interesting nowadays :)

acura said...

Its a new beginning & a fresh start for me. Time to draft some New Year's resolutions

Jessen said...

Actually, no point of guessing or predicting when is the end of the world. IMO, when the end of world come, we'll all know. Let's just make our day meaningful instead of waiting for death. Happy New Year everyone!

food-kids-recipe said...

its a big wishes that i want to be better than last year :D

Jam said...

merry christmas! :)

QuaChee said...

wow u have a good point here! the world coming to an end gives a feeling of urgency! and i think when one does the 2008 to an end with their new year resolution, one need to think as such.

ive experience this 'role play' before and it worked well with many of my friends in goal setting :)