Americans, we aren’t witnessing the collapse of Rome.

But we are changing — is it for the better?

Disclaimer: I am not related to the President of the United States. Sorry folks!

Within many world religions, there has been a pervasive belief for thousands of years that the apocalypse will occur within one’s lifetime. The signs are often ripe for such predictions — war, pestilence, rapid social change, extreme weather. This idea, known as apocalypticism, is so pervasive that every single generation in history has had large groups of people convinced that the end of the world was very, very nigh.