The end of the world has come often,
and continues to often come.
bringing darkness upon darkness,
the end of the world is something
we have become well acquainted with,
habitualized, made into a ritual.
It is our religion
to try to forget it
in its absence, make peace
with it when it is undeniable,
and return its embrace
when it finally comes for us,
as it always does.
-- Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything Is Illuminated"