The Western fascination with abandonment is part of a cultural apocalypse. This film has been making the rounds lately, showing the abandoned 6 Flags Themepark in New Orleans. I have written before of hurricane Katrina as a unique American Apocalypse, and this video is part of the continuing influence.
Our culture is fascinated with End. Our postmodern location insists upon it. While a story is not believed in, an end is part of the reality.
The bleak nature of a secular eschatology is confronted by the Church and her story and mission. Humans have a purpose, and we are part of a definitive timeline that is ordered by the divine. Our interest in an end does not stem from escape, but in the fulfillment of Christ and the eternal kingdom.