As I child I was taught to not doubt my religion, and that doubt was the devil tempting to lead me astray. What I didn't understand then was the difference between doubt and discernment.
Suffering does't make anyone more beautiful, but it can offer a lesson in self-growth that can lead to a more beautiful way of moving through life.
The apocalypse was upon us at any moment! Those predictions were the reason we fled to the mountains, grew our own food, had years of supplies in the basement and guns to protect ourselves.