But what about May 22nd?
I caught this shocking/fascinating story on NPR while in the car over the weekend. Apparently, there are some (non-mainstream) Christians who are convinced the Bible states that Judgment Day is not only coming, it’s coming this month: May 21st (about 6 p.m.). (Click here if you want to see why they believe this… but be warned that someone decided since the site only has to be up for another 2 weeks or so, no sense in making it look nice and work well.)
This isn’t the first time someone has claimed the end was in site, but this is the first time I’ve heard the financial aspects touched on in the media.
Joel says they’re spending the last of their savings. They don’t see a need for one more dollar.
“You know, you think about retirement and stuff like that,” he says. “What’s the point of having some money just sitting there?”
“We budgeted everything so that, on May 21, we won’t have anything left,” Adrienne adds.
[…] There is no plan B.
I don’t think there has ever been anything in my life I’ve believed in so much that I’d be willing to not even consider what would happen if it didn’t work out. That kind of faith (is that even the right word?) makes my eyes go wide for all sorts of reasons.
What are they spending every last dollar on anyway? If Judgment Day is coming, why would you even create a budget that goes to zero? Why wouldn’t you just abandon keeping track of your finances and spread the word? I suppose they could be spending on charity and spreading the word, but it still struck me as odd.
What will happen if they wake up on May 22nd and realize someone “miscalculated”, as this same guy apparently did in 1994?
One man states that this revelation has allowed him to stop worrying about things that the rest of the world has to worry about.
“I no longer think about 401(k)s and retirement,” he says. “I’m not stressed about losing my job, which a lot of other people are in this economy. I’m just a lot less stressed, and in a way I’m more carefree.”
Sure, he’s a lot less stressed today… but… Wow, right?
Anyway, nothing really to see here, I just found this interesting (though admittedly crazy).