But part of the justification for their victim routine is theological: the Bible predicts that Christians will be persecuted, so these conservatives believe that it must be true. Acknowledging the true extent of both their current and historical power and influence would generate an uncomfortable cognitive dissonance with a text that often takes the side of – and venerates leaders who serve – the low and the downtrodden.
The only remedy is thus to declare, despite the evidence, that they are truly a persecuted minority in a country filled with other self-identified Christians, which makes a mockery of the true victims of religious oppression all around the world.
I saw that post “is it morally ok to pray that your crush’s relationship doesn’t work out” going around a few times and
only now it has occurred me
prayer doesn’t actually do anything
except make you feel better
so yeah, it actually is morally ok to do it
(not that before thinking this I had thought it wasn’t morally ok, I just hadn’t thought about it at all)
I’m not sure this is entirely true. I’d expect if not the action of praying itself then certainly the underlying attitude that made you pray to be harmful to any friendship or chance of a future relationship with your crush. I mean wishing bad things to happen to someone is unlikely to be conducive to good relations
for me, prayer has self-modification effects. So I predict praying for my crush’s relationship not to work out would lead me to value my crush’s relationship not working out more (and in general to prefer that bad things that benefit me happen to other people). So I would steer clear of it and pray for compersion instead.
Central to the self-centred psychology of these people is that they see themselves as the targets of a grand conspiracy of feminist, progressive journalists and game developers that seeks to destroy their ability to…something. They have no actual issue. It’s all perceived persecution at the hands of political correctness. These “theories” are so narcissistic, so devoid of substance, that the only way to explain them is through delusion. And I mean, I get it - justifying one’s shitty behaviour with a made-up conspiracy probably feels better than confronting the painful truth that one is an asshole. They think they’re part of a “silent majority”, but the real silent majority is the one that either isn’t aware of their ridiculous conspiracy theories, or understands that there’s simply no reasoning with people who are so obviously out of their minds. It’s the same kind of fictional oppression old white folks claim about foreign immigrants who are still generally less well-off than they are. The moment a woman - or even someone who empathises with women - muscles in on “their” territory (which hasn’t actually ever been “theirs”), they’re off, spouting slurs, giving the fingers at intersections, and publishing their banking details on hate sites.