Good article, and I liked your metaphysical conclusions. An interesting side note is that people have believed the end of the world was imminent from as far back as we have recorded history. Given plagues and pestilences that decimated populations and kept the average life span low, that pessimism is understandable. For billionaires to believe they’re onto something new, i.e. the coming apocalypse, discloses a myopic world view that I find surprising. I guess their wealth has given them too little else to think about.