the mentally healthy can take religion
a kernel of crazy stuff
with a shell of rationality
but those of us mentally ill
eat through the shell and cannot handle the kernel
I don’t choose what to believe
chooses for me
Listened to an amazing Blind Hour podcast on bipolar. One of the things I took away from it is it’s very hard not to give in to psychosis. This has been a fundamental to the way I reckon truth. I have deeply personal reasons for tying truth to the things I tie it to. For me it’s a grounding mechanism, a bulwark against encroaching psychosis. The guy in the podcast who was bipolar said the medication kept 95% of the psychosis away and my experience bares that out. Belief in the supernatural and in particular that a god is talking to me has caused me a whole heap of trouble in the past so I avoid it now. God has basically told me to date women out of my league, drink piss, and kill myself so I don’t think too highly of his advice.
Communications with God are so hard to shake off, no matter how toxic, because communicating with a deity is, by its very nature, extra-rational. You consult a deity when you need an opinion that might not line up with reason or what those around you want you to hear. Crack open a Bible and you will hear God telling people to do all kinds of interesting stuff. Delusions of grandeur brought on by psychosis are easier to combat because once you start thinking rationally again you can read cues from the rest of the world as to your place in society and since those cues persist through all levels of sanity they’re easy to accept.
And then, whaddaya know I got people shoving religion down my throat because I am in a low position in society and the answer to all your problems (even your problems with religion) is more religion! You don’t shove peanut butter down the throat of a kid who has peanut allergies do you? Then why do you shove God down the throat of someone who obviously had adverse reactions to God and religion?