it’s difficult to believe in the supernatural
unless they’re going after you
I believe our brain blocks out the supernatural the same way a neurotypical’s brain blocks out extraneous stimuli. Of course this is offensive to philosophical materialists as well as Christians principally because I have a very negative view of the supernatural, it is like living on the street where predators notice you and will swarm. This helps make sense of why mental illness was seen as direct action by the devil or his charges in premodern times. Because when you are mentally ill the ability to filter out the supernatural breaks down so the worst of it are everywhere. It also explains why demon possessed people had more insight on the supernatural like seeing Jesus as the son of God. Of course I don’t think mental illness is demon possession, just that it makes you more vulnerable to negative spiritual forces.
From a philosophical materialist’s perspective there is concrete evidence that mental illness makes one feel like they are experiencing supernatural forces. That’s why I wrote the poem:
shaving is just cutting yourself in a socially acceptable way
just as religion is being crazy in a socially acceptable way