Working in a mental health center, we have been inundated with people talking about the coming end of the world. I would never make fun or light of someone else's beliefs so it's been a challenge to have meaningful dialogue. My real concern is for a woman whom I admire who had pulled herself up from a homeless/on the street existence to a good life with children and a grandchild. She wants to kill herself because she doesn't want to see the end of the world. I asked her to just not do anything rash until after the 21st. I promised to call her on Sunday morning to check in on her and her family. She said, "you believe we'll be around on Sunday?" and I said "Yep. I believe we'll be around. And if it's truly the rapture, I believe you're one of the truly good people".
Well, you could have knocked her over with a feather. "I'm a good person?" So, we had a discussion the upshot being that she agreed to hold off on any plans to end her life until after the 21st. I told her to go ahead and hoard all the water, toilet paper and canned goods she needed to in order to maintain her feelings of safety but to hold off on the suicide.
This has been the scope of so many of our conversations this week. It's been a long while since so many people have had end-of-the-world thoughts. It's important to remain respectful of other people's beliefs and I try hard to do so.
I hope that I haven't offended any of you. It's not my intention to denigrate anyone's beliefs or belief system. My husband is a Catholic and still carries strong beliefs from childhood. I tried to give my children enough information to make choices for themselves. (I taught Sunday School in the Catholic church for a number of years and loved it. Mostly I loved the spending time with small children bit).