Do we each desire that the world should end with our death? Thanks Russ for the title. I have long made note that as people grow old, they often become very negative in their expectations for the world. A friend of mine, now in his twilight years, and having been near death on several occasions, the same man who always had bright hope for the human species, after confronting his own mortality, now expects that the world will endure all sorts of horrible things before we all die terrible deaths. I have noticed this same tendency, though not so pronounced, in many men whom I have known for many years. I now suspect that this reaction to age and impending death is really a way to reconcile the sense of loss that one has, as one contemplates the world going on without them. Perhaps we all secretly desire that the world should end with our own death? Edit: I changed the title of this thread since without meaning to be so, I found the first one more offensive each time I read it. Sorry about that.