For quite a long time now I’ve suspected that Armageddon pushers actually want their predictions to come about. I think it might be a case of wishing, or rather hoping, for The Great Equaliser: When annihilation threatens, there’s nobody special anymore (except for the temporary-but-meaningless eminence of the prophet, of course) and we’re all in the same doomed boat, so to speak.
That’s pretty much my impression too: when you talk to them, none of them seem unduly alarmed. On the contrary, they’re excited. Doomsday brings relief from the relentless boredom and ordinariness of their lives, and the fact that they are in on the terrible secret makes them more special than they would otherwise be.
Me, I prefer to deal with boredom by reading a good book, or exercising whatever meager mental faculties I have.