Statesboro, GA, USA
It's nothing more than a mania ... and then some.
It's really notable that aside from distinctly religious eschatologies, a kind of Weltschmerz, global angst, distrust in the general direction of humanity, and sense of culmination or 'coming of age' has pretty much defined the postmodern era. The religious expression of the same has merely included an element of hope. But the point is, if its nothing more than a mania, then this kind seems to be part and parcel of who we are. At any rate, its reasonable even for skeptics to ponder whether there may be more to it than just mental instability. Some of the most common sensical, mentally grounded people I've known have been sure about the end of the world.
"... Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics. I am still as much concerned as ever about the battle of Armageddon ... " (G.K. Chesterton)
"To believe that men living in time can know lasting peace, prosperity, and contentment is far more fallacious and demented than to expect the end of the world in the near future" (Malcolm Muggeridge)