HitchHiker’s bLOG – 2022.12.06

Has anybody else noticed that we are in the midst of an epidemic? This disease is spreading like wildfire! Every day, I hear of more and more cases being confirmed. And our culture has become incredibly adept at spotting the symptoms and diagnosing these cases; we do not need experts to prove it as we’ve got it covered.

One of the most insidious symptoms of this horrible disease is its ability to deaden the senses of the infected patient to the point that they are prevented from spotting their own illness and deny having contracted it. Yet, at the same time, they have an acute awareness of the disease’s destructive forces in others.

Here are other symptoms often observed per HealthPrep.com:

  • sense of entitlement and/or superiority
  • expectation of admiration, attention, and validation
  • exaggerating their life and/or living in a fantasy world
  • demeaning, intimidating, controlling, and/or bullying others
  • taking advantage of others, and often lacking empathy
  • lacking accountability for their actions and blaming others
  • lacking boundaries, talks over others, and frequently interrupts
  • perfectionism, often driven by hidden fears
  • unable to be truly vulnerable

The disease is the antithesis of Christian morals and ethics, and the enemy of community:

Narcissism!

“Narcissists have a prominent place in the popular ‘imagination’ and the label is widely deployed to refer to people who appear too full of themselves. There’s also a growing sense that narcissism is on the rise around the world, especially among young people, although most psychological research does not support that notion.

Narcissism is properly viewed on a spectrum. The trait is normally distributed in the population, with most people scoring near the middle, and a few at either extreme…

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/narcissism

As I read it, Psychology Today is saying that everybody is, in varying degrees, a narcissist on the spectrum.

My friends, we may have discovered the holy grail known as “original sin” which caused us to be cast from Eden!

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39

Love Long and Prosper!

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