It is afternoon in America
The 1984 presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan proclaimed “It’s morning again in America.” Times have changed. Instead of the “shining city on a hill” envisioned by Reagan, our nation has become a tarnished, corrupt slum.
It is now afternoon in America. The falling sun is harsh and unforgiving, and will burn away the filth and wretched excess. When the sun touches the earth, America as we know it shall cease to exist.
Culture predicts reality. The 1996 movie, Independence Day, in which fire covered everything, was followed the next year by the movie Titanic, in which water covered everything: an omen of global warming to be followed by global flooding. And the hellfire of terrorism is followed by an ocean of tears.
Fire consumes all. Water cleanses. It separates the foul from the pure. The wicked from the innocent. And that which sinks from that which rises. He destroys all, but only to start again. — Russell Crowe as the title character, Noah (2014)
Image Sun over desiccated earth, Wikipedia.com