It’s easy to mock those who gave up their life savings to spread the word of the pending Apocalypse. How, we ask, could they be so gullible? Think of their children, their futures, their mortgages. What could have compelled them to fracture relationships with their families and look so foolish?

Faith, I suppose, is a powerful thing. And those of us who were unconvinced the rapture would occur Saturday would have looked pretty silly ourselves as those faithful folks were sucked into the heavens. But none of that happened. Still, do you feel some sympathy for folks like Robert Fitzpatrick, a New Yorker who spent $140,000 of his savings promoting the coming rapture, and who was at a loss for words when asked why he didn’t ascend into the sky?

“I don’t understand what has happened,” he said to a gaggle of news cameras.