A little boy gets down from his school bus on his way home. The boy saw his mother about halfway down the block and ran, as fast as he could, to where she was. He jumped into her arms, trembling and with tears streaming down his cheeks.
The boy’s Mother hugged him close and tightly and spoke to him warmly and in the way that only a Mother can. She said:
-“There, there, my little man. What’s this all about? What’s got you so upset?
The little boy lifted his head from his mother’s shoulder and between sobs, managed to ask her:
-“Mommy, today at school I heard some grown ups talking and they said that the world is coming to an end. Is that true, Mommy? Is this the end of the world?”
Without any hesitation, the boy’s Mother giggled and then kissed his forehead and said:
-“Come, come now, you silly willy! The world is fine, it’s not ending at all – it’s only human civilization that’s collapsing all around us and a lot of people can’t tell the difference between one and the other, but don’t fret my little man, at least now you know and you don’t need to be afraid.”