There's a sad story on this in the New York Times today about how the "true believers" don't even let the skepticism of their families dissuade them. One chilling quote:
“My mom has told me directly that I’m not going to get into heaven,” Grace Haddad, 16, said. “At first it was really upsetting, but it’s what she honestly believes.”
A mom told her 16 year-old daughter she's not going to heaven? 16?!
As Thoreau said, most people live lives of quiet desperation, which I suppose makes us prone to latch onto any idea like this one, no matter how specious and just plain goofy it is. I wonder what these people will be like on Sunday, and Monday, and next Tuesday, and on and on as they slowly realize that they were suckered and quiet desperation is here to stay for awhile.
Greg Charles wrote:A mom told her 16 year-old daughter she's not going to heaven? 16?!
It's even worse: the parents of these children stopped working and saving money for their children's education. That's an example of the damage that Harold Camping does. And in the meantime, he's getting rich because believers are sending all their money to him.
In my opinion Harold Camping should be jailed for misleading and swindling people, but unfortunately that's most likely not going to happen.
By the way, the weather is beautiful here on the last day.
I think it's interesting how the message changed. The actual statement was that those who believe in May 21st will be saved and the rest of us have five more months left. So his believers will be upset tomorrow but it isn't really the last day.
In the Metro and the article it says a retired MTA worker spent 140K on those ads. Sad. The New York Times had said yesterday (also quoted in Jesper's article) that a church group was set up to council people at Camping's headquarters today.
Jesper: excellent article. It quotes the relevant things i've read on the topic lately.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:There is some humor in that New York Times article though. ...
I was actually pretty impressed with those kids. None of them bought into the idea at all, yet were relatively OK with their parents' mania. I guess at that age, you believe your parents are crazy anyway, so having objective evidence isn't really that big a deal. I wonder if the girls made it to their party, and if they ever made their beds.
The person who is saying that the world will on 21st May now saying OMG I mis-calculated it...Now It's 21st Oct 2011...Some guys spend their millions doller on him... And now he's saying I can't give them their money back because the world is still alive and I need money...HEHEHE
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