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A View from the Altar / General comment on human strangeness
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General comment on human strangeness

I’ve seen people indulge fantasy behaviors mixed with just plain old selfish irresponsibility (and not a little cowardice) until they became non-functional adults.  I’m not, to borrow the sappy term, a mental health care professional, so my calling something like that a mental illness may be a misnomer.  But in my years of pastoring, I saw several people who went freaken’ psycho because they got into the habit of making up crap about perceived slights inflicted by another.  From the sin of bearing false witness, they branched out by telling and retelling it until they believed in it.  Typically, the intensity of the emotions goes up over time.  At length their faux reality grew into a passion, and they began to act on it.  After several years of their idiot relatives enabling this behavior, that literally became the way they are.

And there’s a sneaky catch: When you’re delusional about crap you’ve convinced yourself is true, meds cannot help because there’s nothing organically wrong with the brain.  And people can carry out this self-destructive behavior in groups until they become an insular little clan of wackos recirculating the most bizarre, paranoid beliefs, sinking ever deeper into their own little world with the blackout out curtains tightly drawn.

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One Comment

  1. I would say: Stay away from such people!

    But then, you are a pastor…and can’t…. sadly.

    Posted on 30-Aug-11 at 14:28 pm | Permalink

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