This is a random synapse firing after reading a Reddit post mentioning that QAnon types were circulating another Day of Reckoning or whatever. The details are unimportant, but this is the standard cult prophecy thing of predicting a Big Day and then, when it doesn’t happen, excuses are mumbled and the Big Day gets rescheduled. It seems to me that the appeal of this kind of thing is that people think they want to live heroically. They do not want to be small, insignificant randomness in a vast, cold, uncaring universe. I can sympathize. If any of us fully grasped how truly vast the universe is and how small we are in comparison, it is frankly mind shattering. Better by far, they feel, to have a prominent role in a Story with meaning; preferably one where glory is assured for those who believe and who are on the right side.
Even when big events do roll around, I think the long term lot of the hero (where he or she lives through it) is life long trauma, and the world rolls on more or less the same. That’s not to say that people shouldn’t step up when there is a need or that we shouldn’t honor those who do. Rather, we should aspire to organizing affairs such that people are not forced into extreme choices. And we should not wish for human affairs to degrade so far that there is a need for heroism. It’s the Salinger line that “the mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause; the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
Like Candide finally learned, “cultivate your garden.”