“Paranoia involves intense anxious or fearful feelings and thoughts often related to persecution, threat, or conspiracy. Paranoia occurs in many mental disorders, but is most often present in psychotic disorders. Paranoia can become delusions, when irrational thoughts and beliefs become so fixed that nothing (including contrary evidence) can convince a person that what they think or feel is not true. When a person has paranoia or delusions, but no other symptoms (like hearing or seeing things that aren’t there), they might have what is called a delusional disorder. Because only thoughts are impacted, a person with delusional disorder can usually work and function in everyday life, however, their lives may be limited and isolated.” (excerpt from mentalhealthamerica.net)
The Pastoral Visits are now becoming more and more interesting as the days pass. Those involved are in heightened alert as if they are expecting some disaster to come. Let’s be fair. The two well documented Visits were not pretty for them. The Fremont vigil was an embarrassment not only for the Administration but even to some ministers and brethren who decided to take the “physical approach” and then the others had to scramble for explanations to justify the actions of the brethren involved. The best explanation they could muster up is, “well, Jesus Christ also made a whip to drive the vendors out of the Temple.” So should we expect brethren to have their whips out in the next chapel dedication?
The Bakersfield dedication was also quite a show. They prepared to out muscle and out think the vigilers only to be stunned by the aerial show. The pictures tell it all, with many having that expression, “Drats, why didn’t we think of that?”
So now everyone is feeling paranoid. “Where will the Defenders come from? From the air again? The pews? The trees? The choir loft maybe?” Oh, the paranoid minds wonder.
In a day or two, depending where you live, the Visit will be in Southeastern Seaboard. By now they should have contacted the law enforcement agencies, met with the SCAN members and figured out the traffic flow for the brethren’s vehicles. Secretly, they are also trying to figure out Defenders’ next move. SHHH! Did you know there are old underground tunnels right below that chapel to be dedicated? I am just joking!! Or… AM I? It’s a only JOKE! Or…. is it?
(You know they’ll look into that now.)
So is there really a threat? Is there persecution? Is there a conspiracy? If they say yes, isn’t that classified as paranoia?
Remember, paranoia is that anxious or fearful feeling and thought related to persecution, threat, or conspiracy. If you say no, there is no threat, persecution or conspiracy, then why so much security? The mental health workers consider that a psychotic disorder. They might be watching too.
Seriously though, why so paranoid? So if the Defenders are there, what do you expect them to do? Will there be 1? 20? 40? 100? We know there will be plenty of brethren. The General Auditor makes sure that the District Minister drag all the brethren from every corner of their District to these events so it will always be packed. So why worry? (I wonder if the Executive Minister notices that it’s the same people he sees in the various events within the same District?)
Forgive me I keep going off topic. But someone said that the brethren are (in Tagalog, sabik na sabik) eagerly looking forward to the Pastoral Visit. If that is the case, why do the Ministers have to campaign for brethren to attend the Special Worship Services? If they are “so eager” it should only be mentioned once and brethren would come a runnin’.
So back to Paranoia; have you noticed how everything is monitored? The brethren’s Facebook accounts are checked for any possible posts against the Executive Minister; those who are suspected of being a “defender” may be reported immediately; they are asked a barrage of questions regarding their loyalty, their associations; and then they are required to write an affidavit stating that they are One with EVM. It doesn’t matter what you write as long as that phrase is there.
I think this is all I have to say today. I just wanted to chat about paranoia. If they want to keep watch on all of us, they should remember, we can watch as well. How does it feel to have to watch your every step and wonder if anyone is behind you?