It means that they cannot ever live without some sort of "Big Brother" figure or Enemy who is an agent of unseen powers (to oversimplify it). This is why evangelicals by and large naturally attract/draw from a pool of people who suffer from PTSD or who are mentally unstable (this is proven, not conjecture). they are already wired in this way and having an eternal adversary in the form of "evil"/the "devil" fits in perfectly to their psychosis (using the term clinically). This is not to say that all evangelicals are nuts... no... it simply means that there are a greater percentage of mentally unstable individuals in their numbers than elsewhere.
These individuals become addicted to the high of imagined control that seems to come from being "in" on something that others are clueless about. Having access to "secret knowledge" is so seductive for those who are wired to respond to it as a stimulus that these folks will gravitate to any group or organization that will feed their addiction constantly. Secret Societies are rife with these folks. Cults, secret societies, esoteric organizations, cloistered factions... all give them endless fuel with which to feel good about being on the "inside" of something obscure and therefore they are "powerful".
Quite a few of those more unhinged evangelicals had been Freemasons. A few come from Catholicism, which can be rather cult-like depending upon your community and place of origin. Some were brought up in extremely liberal households that did not provide enough structure to feed the need to be incubated (secure) in a context that made sense to their wiring. Some grew up and were motivated to seek out careers that would land them in positions of trust so that they could have access to things very few others have and with which they could exert power and control over others. So think about those kinds of careers/positions. High-clearance military positions. Judges. Surgeons. Heads of Departments in fill-in-the-blank field. So these are people with great social impact and with tremendous amounts of responsibility and authority. And they are addicts. Addicts to a dump of chemicals in the brain that make them do whatever is necessary to keep getting the high. If their lifestyle or job does not give them the rush, because all addictions grow exponentially, they will seek it out elsewhere and religion or cult-like organizations are a perfect fit and will give them an endless supply. that feeds back into their careers and lives and influences them to a degree where all other reason is covered over, because the receptors for anything that does not feed the addiction atrophy.
Those who are in it may not even recognize it as an addiction. For them the good "feelz" they get when they speak about or hear about the "special knowledge or information" that comes with their position in a faith or a career or an organization, are evidence that they are "on the right track" and they are affirmation of the path they are taking. In and of itself, the good feelings are harmless. The difference between average, beneficial good "vibes" and those experienced by the paranoid/conspiratorial mind in the setting that feeds their addiction? Their good "feelz" come at the expense of someone else. They do not get the rush unless they are placed above someone else in some imagined hierarchy of privilege or power. They do not get the rush unless it comes within the context of placing them "above" others and creating an adversary that they and they alone can fight. "Specialness" is a hallmark of this dysfunction. Being "chosen", being set apart from the masses. Being anything but ordinary. The privilege and power that they imagine they have are byproducts of the monopoly they believe they have upon that "special knowledge" and that privilege and power must have someone to exert itself upon. Hence, a perpetual enemy, even if one has to be manufactured.
Scapegoats needed. Which is why their attention turns to whomever is vulnerable in any era...
This is the make-up of the most desperate and most vocal of those religious zealots who would love to see gay and trans people burn at the stake.
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