May 21st

Does anyone else get weirded out by these calls for Judgment Day? I definitely do! Sometimes there is a fine line between religious thinking, and what is termed “hyperreligiosity” in psychiatry. The term means over-religious, and is sometimes one of the things that is found in an active psychotic or manic episode. People who become hyperreligious read the Bible (or whatever other book correlates to their religion), and read special meaning into things that they read. They pray excessively, are preoccupied with religious thoughts, and may believe they have special powers that relate to their religion. When someone like this shows up in the emergency room, we tend to medicate them until they become less delusional and more in touch with reality.

I suppose what I find strange about these people who predict Judgment Day (and I feel like these are the same people who may have conspiracy theories about various political topics), is that they are not necessarily “mentally ill.” They are perhaps considered religious fanatics or zealots, but not delusional. They also have a lot of followers/believers, because if you google Judgment Day, you’ll find there is a lot of support for this coming day.

If anyone has a good explanation for this phenomenon, I’d love to hear it!

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One Comment on “May 21st”

  1. Visionary Says:

    Throughout history you see plenty of religious people walking around and crying out about judgment day. Of course, if you read the Bible it tells us that we will not know the time and date of judgment day, so these people are pretty much contradicting their own religion. That being said, I think it’s honestly born out of a lot of fear. This May 21st thing seems to be a pretty new phenomenon, and it seems like the only reason it’s gathering so much speed is because it’s close proximity to the current date. Sadly, I think December 21st, 2012 is going to have much the same results.

    I think in part it’s human nature to be followers, and it’s all too common in our society to fear. Look at the witch hysteria in the dark ages. The Salem witch trials are another perfect example. There was all that drama about Y2K. I haven’t done the research as to the significance of May 21st, 2011 yet, but I’m sure someone has written up this whole explanation.

    It’s all too easy for humankind to blindly believe in things because it’s something they don’t understand. While science has cleared up a lot of what we don’t understand, it doesn’t completely make religion invalid. Again, you can say the same thing with the lack of science to definitively explain the bullet that killed JFK or any of the other things conspiracy theorists build their life’s study on. I honestly think that predictions of judgment day and conspiracy theories are probably a good deal more alike than most people are willing to admit.


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