I've maintained a response to the tenor of predictions, prophecies, whatever one wants to call it, that tend toward gloom and doom for a very long time. Believe I said this a couple years ago on CZ. That.... people's response to all this has more to do with their pocket books than anything.
If it is in a person's interest to foment gloom and doom because it increases their following, lines their pocketbook, well, how hard is that?
If someone's ship has not come in, they have not won the lottery, they did not make reasonable choices in their work and play, they speculated and lost (or won), TPTB have taken their resources for health and well being (the decline of the health, food, water and financial world that has been forever in coming), whatever the cause, follow the money trail. Rather, follow the personal money trail.
Guarantee those who's ship came in are doing quite fine with prophecy alignments. Some guy who just won a championship of some kind will gleefully say "god is good".
Those whose ship is sinking or has sunk will find every reason to gloom and doom it up. The propensity to project personal anguish into a universal view is just too gosh darned easy to see. No one will record the person who loses that championship running around spouting "god is good".
Why people are so susceptible is beyond me. But we are.
Lissen... the world is not going to end. YOUR world (stated metaphorically) may come to an end. Or YOUR world may be grand. But THE world is doing just fine.
Before people come to tar and feather me, I am in no way discounting the human suffering that, is. We are not a stranger to suffering. It is pervasive, and devastating. What is happening in the gulf, and in the Sudan, and in S. Africa, and in Queens NY, Moscow, Columbia, and on and on... real. Heartbreaking. I read the accounts of people like julie77 and it breaks my heart, and makes me very angry at what has happened. Very angry. Countless stories.
If you are suffering at work because the economy sucks and instead of hiring more people corporate makes you work harder because they have you in their grip, if your house gets foreclosed on because you can't, won't, don't make payments because of job loss or poor decisions, if a loved one's liver fails because of acetaminophen poisoning, WTF-ever... weigh 'life happening' before foisting your personal orbit into a universal prophecy. There are more than enough people on CZ and everywhere else that do this....
Pocketbook. Money Trail.
A awaiting the tar and feathers (use of word tar probably not a good one right now, but to sustain the cliche', had to keep it).