Author Homer Carroll
Writer, game developer, unschooling mentor & founder/board member of Shine Your Light Event : A non-profit aimed at helping individuals in medical crisis | @homercarroll
Let me tell you the story of my childhood friend, Aaron. Growing up, Aaron had a difficult life. His father abandoned him and his mother, and she often resorted to prostitution to supplement their income. His mother dated some inmates that abused him, and Aaron was given trouble being biracial. Still, He was always a nice guy and ever the entrepreneur.
Around the age of 25, Aaron began to develop mental disturbances, hallucinations, and paranoia. One day he went missing. I found out that he had been picked up by the police, and ended up in a mental facility. I learned later what problems had surfaced and that genetic diseases affecting mental health often arise in the 20 and 30′s. Aaron returned home, and for a time after that he was medicated and would go on and off his meds. After the second time he tried to drug me so I could “see things his way,” I ended our friendship.
Several years later, Aaron showed up at my doorstep to sell some items he ‘found.’ I offered him some food and money and we chatted. He told me about scientists who had done experiments on his brain, yet his head was shaved and he had no scars. He told me about how they followed him and shot him with hallucinogenic darts, but that if he twisted his shirt just right, they couldn’t hurt him. He also informed me that they had a special gas that made him dizzy and pass out, and that they sprayed it everywhere. It couldn’t affect me though, only him. He knew how to dodge that bullet too. All he had to do was wear his ear muffs, even though it was summer, over his mouth with the perfect amount of pressure and he could use it as a gas mask and they couldn’t gas him. This was my childhood friend, and really nice guy, and he had completely lost it. We parted that day, and I have not seen him since.
Something I read online today reminded me of him though….
Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear.
Sounds a lot like the special techniques Aaron used to thwart his would be attackers doesn’t it? These are the actions of a mentally ill individual attempting to deal with their illness. Based on such hallucinations, Smith wrote a book called The Book of Mormon. There were enough people who thought, “This could be real!” for his ramblings to become a religion of it’s own that now has millions of followers.
Now here is the frightening part: ONE OF THEM IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, and he’s an entrepreneur, just like Aaron, too!
“The main difference between a prophet and a psychopath, is whether or not they can get followers.” – Ralph Hood (teaches psychology of religion at the University of Tennessee)