Quick and Dirty II
I am working on a post about the thing I call the Neverending Godomercial. I have a couple of other projects going right now, and I find I am spread so thin that I am not finding time to rip down my first attempt and start over. While researching symptoms of denial for this project, two things happened. First, my computer was taken over by something calling itself “Drive Cleaner” that would not take “NO!” for an answer when it offered to install itself. I caught this bug when I went to a web site that purported to be about denial of sexual abuse. Second, I noticed that something was missing from the descriptions of denial. In my experience, a person in denial works very hard to maintain and defend whatever illusion takes the place of reality in that person’s mind. I was looking for support for this observation, and so far, I’ve found no reference to it at all. Correct me if I’m wrong: a person in denial has to have some kind of substitute reality. If this delusion is not addressed, is it like the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about? Or, is it just some weird oversight, perhaps one that is minimized because the psychological focus is elsewhere?
In any event, I think that the incessant “selling” of religion, and the endless repackaging of the idea of Fairyland-in-the-Sky, or life after death, is a symptom of the desperate need to believe that death is not the end. The feverish volume of conjectural bullshit stated as “Truth”, tends to make me think so. Even when some of this material does not claim to be true, it is often stated in a matter-of-fact way, and left up to the discretion (or lack thereof) of the reader to classify it as fiction. Then there’s the zeal that exposes the need to believe, despite the lack of material argument. For example, Jesus, by Lauryn Hill.
Is it me, or is that insanely desperate and whacked in the head?