dont you think its only natural for humans to predict, explain and wait for some god-awful event in the human history of mankind to wipe the slate clean? or better yet, to wait for a savior, a messiah, the one, etc... to deliver man from his own evils?
We do seem to be wired that way. Such a thing could not be explained evolutionarily -- natural catastrophic disasters of the magnitude expected are not survivable, nor would they happen enough to establish a pattern by selective pressure.
It's the way we've been made.
I’ll throw myself on the mercy of g-d.