This is definitely me.
“Another motive for gloom is grandtsanding, for the bearer of bad news is less likely to get shot than to acquire a certain authority that those bringing better or more complicated news won’t. Fire, brimstone and impending apocalypse have always had great success in the pulpit, and the apocalypse is always easier to imagine than the strange circuitous routes to what actually comes next…”
Solnit, R. (2010) Hope in the Dark. London: Canon Gate Books.