They didn't want to face reality.<quoted text>
Joel is not talking Bull Shit. He is talking about a very serious subject, which has nothing to do with religion or Abrahamic religions.
He is talking about Nirvana, which in your extremely absurd view, is a state of insanity being without a moral conscience. How did you manage to come up with that absurd statement?
Hint: Why did people like Monks, Sufis, Yogis and others leave the world and went into jungles and mountains?
They wanted to live in a world of nothingness and found freedom from reality.
They were at one with them self.