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As the war machines rumble into against life and fizzing magics gather, the little people are worried. What do they do? Scrawl strange glyphs and fragments of poetry on every available wall, of course.

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The world's great age begins anew,
   The golden years return,
The earth doth like a snake renew
   Her winter weeds outworn:
Heaven smiles, and faiths and empires gleam
Like wrecks of a dissolving dream …

Oh cease! must hate and death return?
   Cease! must men kill and die?
Cease! drain not to its dregs the urn
   Of bitter prophecy.
The world is weary of the past,
Oh might it die or rest at last!

Everyone loves — loves to laugh at — a doomsday cult, but what if this one has a clue?

Spoiler

The bit too boring to read:

  • the spider–sun (Arachne, but Anansi, too)
  • the snake–moon (the devouring devoured, which will be dismembered)
  • the devil in the net (devil = serpent = dragon)
  • the hungry mouth that will swallow everything, even itself
  • the void at the heart of the world (the outside inside)
  • in a change war, where do the spiders end and the snakes begin?
  • just how many gods [do we need|are there], anyway?

As @Eff rightly mocked me for hi-jacking an image, I thought I had better create a substitute (although it is surely too simple to be truly new).

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1 hour ago, mfbrandi said:

The trouble is no one else wants the job.

Hey, it's not even politicians.... There is absolutely no reason why a 'Real Housewife' or Kardashian is famous at all. Or TikTok 'influencers'. Or 'eSports'. Or 'poker stars'.

I think the point of that graffiti statement is the subcontext that Western culture is actually devaluing intelligence in favor of ignorance. And if that isn't a 'doomsday scenario' I don't know what is.

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31 minutes ago, svensson said:

Hey, it's not even politicians

I did mean, the “job” of being famous.

34 minutes ago, svensson said:

I think the point of that graffiti statement is the subcontext that Western culture is actually devaluing intelligence in favor of ignorance.

Ironically, I think people have been saying that since the invention of writing (or at least, the Greeks rediscovery of it): if you can write stuff down, no one will bother thinking or remembering anything. The Mostali aren’t worried: once the World-machine is fixed, it will be able to read its own tweets — no organic components required!

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