I just thought I'd drop in to share my two cents on the question at hand. I saw the title of the thread and thought - 'what a **** - he's bound to
be just another wannabee supermember who enjoys bashing people's beliefs and whatnot.'
And then I read it.
And then I understood.
And lo, while I did not lose my own beliefs, I appreciated the perspective of others, and this made me feel happy.
I realised something anew - it's not about whether we (as believers in an eventual End Times scenario) are right or wrong (God let us be wrong);
rather, it's a question of emphasis and focus as relating to our daily lives, actions and motivations.
Good thread - OP, I commend your honest and questioning approach to the determination of the psychological state of ATS'ers. I for one maintain that
I hope the world continues onwards to a more enlightened and peaceful condition than it has ever previously experienced (unless of course you believe
the legends of Atlantis and Lemuria etc, in which case it would be a return to former glories).
I enjoy living and have a lot to live for. I'm married with two kids, and I get scared for them when I see the way the PTB abuse this world.
However, that's not to say I won't encourage them to seek their own path or that I'll indoctrinate them to expect the apocalypse. Getting all
biblical on you for a moment, Jesus did say "...How terrible it will be for nursing mothers and parents of young children in those days" (when
referring to the End of Days/ 'tribulation'). Notice he didn't say "for the children". My guess is that they would be granted some kind of
spiritual/experiential anaesthetic if it were a true armageddon, but it really doesn't bear thinking about.
And there's a thought. Our Western minds cannot abide the thought of suffering children, yet forget at times that the world over children are
suffering in horrific ways at this very moment.
So, the summary -
If there comes a point when the system collapses and we're all forced off grid (apart from those who think it's a good idea to submit to a
totalitarian Demon-Ocracy) then you'll find me meditating on a mountain top somewhere in the Northern hemisphere.
I've had enough of typing this for now - the thought of kids scavenging on rubbish dumps and being forced to earn their keep in brothels has made me
feel quite ill, so I'll leave it there.
It's quite depressing thinking about the state of the world today - let alone the EOTWAWKI...