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Re: Messianic Narcissism?

Posted by Christ_empowered on January 3, 2022, at 19:44:51

In reply to Re: Messianic Narcissism?, posted by NKP on December 30, 2021, at 8:01:16

not to play amateur sociologist here, but...

frustrating as this is when it plays out in the lives of individuals in one's life, I think the problem itself is social. I don't know anything about German culture, but in the US...

there's been a long, long, long retreat...inwards, towards feeling and emotion and away from reason, logic, -science- , etc. One can see it in religion, even...

the -rapid- growth of Charismatic groups, for instance, coupled with the decline of "mainline" Protestant groups. That concerns me at a number of levels because...

the Charismatic groups have lent themselves well to the new hardline "conservatism" (read: marching towards fascism...) that somehow often claims a Christian facade.

anyway, a lot of stuff...retreat into fantasy and conspiracy theories, distrust of science and scientists and intellectuals as a whole...

has been going on in US culture for some time now. I seem to recall reading "The Culture of Narcissism" sometime ago, and now...

I kind of wonder if things have both changed and accelerated, so what was once perceived as "narcissism," at a cultural level, has become a sort of fascism, covered in layer upon layer of fantasy and denial of reality and authoritarian (but oddly emotional and therapeutic, it seems) forms of religion, and...and...

yeah. point is, when dealing with this as with many other problems with others...

without sounding cliche or anything, try to remember that the old mantra, "the personal is political," is not The Ultimate Truth, but it is worth taking into consideration, as one deals with people taken in by fascist fairytales.




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