People can be induced into a tightly contained solipsistic delusion rather easily. Basically they believe their memories are real. There is a difference between creating your reality and creating your “think-ality”.
Is religion a new addiction of self image? Often times it is, from my observation. This is why modern organized religion is so troubled. In one case, I was taking my son to a daycare, very religious people and thought they could be trusted. They were in the atonement cycle. It turns out the male of the household was watching pornography right in front of the children.
In my mothers case, she was given up for adoption to “good, god-fearing” parents. The elder of the household was a rapist.
Due to my disability, my son was taken into care of the state and given into the care of foster parents. I even saw their home. The place was plastered with images of Jesus and crosses and inspiration religious material. He was molested.
These supposedly able bodied normal people. These kind good hearted loving people. I have known much misery in my life, and it has been at the hands of good people. When someone comes to me with the intention to do me good, I flee. If they come to me honestly, then we can talk. They might even do me good. Whatever percentage, those who would inflict suffering guise themselves in the ‘norm’.
I often describe my own spiritual path as dark or left handed. It isn’t me taking an absurd interest in shocking behaviour, or baseless misanthropic rebellion. The rebel is the biggest conformist. It is just a recognition of my own nature. The truth is the truth in day or in darkness, and those strongest truths tend to shine the most visibly in the dark. The one who scares you may be the one best suited to teach you. The one who comforts you likely will do very little else. The supposed war between those two sides is fake. The only war is person versus person and serves not in the least the greater truths. I acknowledge individual truth, and there are transcendent truths, or in fact this man you hear today would not speak as he does. I’m classified as autistic which means I don’t understand some things very well. I am heavily driven to learn what doesn’t come naturally for me.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.