Behold the power of True Belief and the harm it can cause:
A baby died when a family of 12 leapt from their second floor balcony in Paris claiming they were fleeing the devil.
Eight more were injured, some seriously, in the tragedy when they jumped 20ft into a car park in Paris suburb of La Verriere.
Now you may be saying to yourself that this isn’t entirely irrational… if they actually were fleeing the Devil.
The baffling incident occurred when a wife woke to see her husband moving about naked in the room, police said.
She began screaming ‘it’s the devil! it’s the devil!’, and the man ran into the other room where 11 others adults and children were watching television. One woman grabbed a knife and stabbed the man before others pushed him out through the front door.
When the man forced his way back in, they all began screaming in terror and leapt from the balcony screaming ‘Jesus! Jesus!’
The naked man also leapt from the balcony, detectives said.
Perhaps, you may be thinking, they were all high on drugs. A hallucinogen perhaps? Police say they found no evidence of drug use or “unusual religious rituals.”
So what could have caused all of these people to assume the naked man who looked like one of their relatives was actually Old Scratch come to take their souls? The article doesn’t say and there may be more to this story to come out in time, but at first blush it appears they just believed the whole Gods/Demons things a wee bit too much.
And an innocent baby paid the ultimate price for his family’s astounding credulity.