March 8th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
Note to self: When writing about the End, expect no end of comments.
On Sunday we published “Road trip to the end of the world,” about a group that’s traveling by RV to spread a May 21 doomsday warning. You’ve posted about 10,000 comments on the story. And that doesn’t touch your responses to a sidebar, in which we took you on a historical journey called “Doomsdays throughout time.”
There’s no way to condense the opinions of all of you who expressed them, but here are some of the themes that seemed to emerge.
Doom and gloom has never been so fun
Plenty of you responded with humor, grateful for the news that will let you max out credit cards, avoid summer lawn mowing and forget about studying for final exams.
Some bemoaned the fact that plans you'd looked forward to would be canceled, like JohnDoee who said:
Others invoked a certain headline-grabbing celeb, saying you’d put his antics to shame. Said GQPulbic:
Still others decided to use the space as a virtual Craigslist of sorts, a venue to snag belongings that have been left behind. Wrote PL90210:
No laughing matter
What you read also worried you. You expressed concerns about potential violence and mass suicide, and some even worried that these faithful RV travelers might be “terrorists.” Said Buddesatva:
More than anything, those expressing such concern pointed to children who are not only being exposed to these teachings but are actually out there spreading the word, too. We introduced you to one young girl, Arianna, and learning about her got SpaceyG, who quoted part of the story, going:
To believe or not to believe
The story drew in many believers, though your beliefs differ, as well as those of you who dismiss religion altogether.
Summing up his (or her) anger was the aptly named AngryAtheist:
But these sort of responses had plenty of faithful readers fighting back. Some voiced that you, too, believe the end is near, but unlike this group of travelers you refuse to nail down a date. Hundreds threw out scripture, reminding us that “No man will know the day or hour,” and that Jesus will return “like a thief in the night.” Said SBack89:
Countless readers wondered what these doomsday travelers will do when they wake up on May 22 and nothing has changed.
Chilcat: "I Reeeeealy hope CNN will do a story on the poor deluded folks on May 22nd." In a quick response, we heard from Wzrd1: "One can wish. But, given CNN's attention span, or lack thereof, they won't. : ( "
Oh, Wzrd1, ye of little faith ...
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