Persecution Complex

May 4th, 2018

Group Reading

The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.” ~ Robert Heinlein

One- When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, All- it is like the dawn breaking within you.
One- Where before there was anonymity,
All- now there is intimacy;

One- where before there was fear,
All- now there is courage;
One- where before in your life there was awkwardness,
All- now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self.
One- When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning. ~ John O’Donohue

Quotes & Readings

“The Christian message was predicated upon a martyrdom, and it was fashioned by a people suffering from persecution. Because of this, it will always make the most sense among groups of people who are similarly persecuted and underprivileged by their surroundings.

But put this same message into a subculture in which its adherents actually wield the positions of greatest civic and economic power and you get a grotesque monstrosity which goes around bullying others, then claiming
victimhood every time the targets of their abuse try to defend themselves. We call this “privilege blindness,” when you cannot even see the ways that the world gives you an upper hand. Or in this case maybe we should call it privilege projection. You take those inequities for granted because it’s the way things have always been. Once you become accustomed to a steady diet of such regular privilege, the slightest reduction in the inequality leaves you feeling utterly persecuted.

Imagine how the above dynamic plays out inside a mentality which predisposes large groups of people to seek out persecution because without it, they aren’t legitimate followers of the Object of their Affection.” ~ Neil Carter, Patheos, When Bullies Think They’re Victims

Seed of Openness

“Deep faith is paranoia turned inside out. It is open instead of closed. It allows us to trust ourselves and others even if we and they have proven untrustworthy in the past. If we’re paranoid, we can’t forgive, and if we can’t find forgiveness, chances are we’re paranoid.” ~ Thomas Moore

Say together: I’m committed to living in an open and non defensive way.

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