|Grimsvotn volcano, southern Iceland, erupting 5-21-11|
Seriously, though, while I was amused by the Doonesbury series, several very creative prank suggestions (e.g. laying out a set of empty old clothes on the sidewalk in the shape of a person so it looks as though they had just disappeared) and the suggestion that we could skip doing supper dishes tonight, I am truly concerned for all those people who have been deeply invested in this concept. I gather some of them spent their entire life savings on advertising campaigns in the hope of saving more people from the disasters to come and the end of the world (which is not until October, mind you). What are these people going to do now? And the psychological and spiritual crisis that must inevitably ensue for most of them isn't going to help them get their finances in order, either.
We need to pray for them. This is going to be difficult. Probably already is, and though I haven't searched for any articles on this yet, I assume there will follow-up. What will it be like? It's easy to laugh (see indulgence above - should I even be posting this?); however, this has provoked anxiety in many people and must be truly traumatic to the core group. I suggest we all have some compassion rather than indulging in schadenfreude.