Supernatural Sonder- Protagonist Disease and the Occult

I have a passing interest in the study of all things paranormal and the occult. I’m not particularly interested in the application of the occult, that being summoning or divination. Not a big believer in the whole wizards and witches thing- sorry folks. What I’m interested in is the way people involved in the occult community see these paranormal and supernatural beings and happenings in relation to themselves. 

I’ve noticed a somewhat interesting, but not surprising, trend in the interpretation of other worldly events. Even in typical day to day interactions with non-initiated people I’ve seen this. It’s especially prevalent with my peers, namely those who grew up in the same era of parenting that I grew up in; the “everyone gets a trophy” era. What I’ve noticed in all of these places is that we all, as individuals, tend to believe that we are significantly more important than we really are in the grand scheme of all things.
Of course I’m not the only one to have thought about or noticed this. And maybe, if you’re more intelligent or wise, you knew and/or understood this concept. Well, unfortunately, not everyone is up to par in their personal development and these individuals have what’s colloquially known as “Protagonist Disease”. “Protagonist Disease” refers to the mindset that an individual may have in which he or she believes that they are the “main character” of all existence and the universe revolves around them. Dr. Michael Karson, a professor of psychology at the University of Denver, wrote a brilliant article for Psychology Today called “On Being the Main Character of Your Own Life”. Dr.Karson says that it makes sense for us to believe that we are the main protagonist of “life”, namely our own but also existence as a whole. He uses a myriad of film and theatre related metaphors in order to discuss the issue, really great stuff folks. The short of it was that humans operate in a way that puts everyone around them in “supporting roles” as opposed to the “protagonist role” that the individual operates as. We believe that the person in front of us getting coffee is an inconvenience to us because they can’t decide what they want but when we can’t decide it’s because we’re stressed, overwhelmed, or any number of nonsense excuses. And this makes sense, despite it being asinine and shitty on an ethical level. We see the most of ourselves through our day to day when compared to any other person since it is virtually impossible to remove ourselves from ourselves. We’re the narrator, the camera, and the main protagonist in our own stories.

But back to the fun magic and occult stuff. I brought all of that stuff about “Protagonist Disease” to bring up my main contention with many individuals who show interest in the occult and supernatural. Let me spell this out nice and easy for you: aliens, demons, angels, and spirits probably do not give a shit about you. Oh, whoops, was that too much? Came on too strong? Well, sucks to suck.

Let me put this in a more cosmic perspective. For this we will assume that there are angels, demons, and the alike. We will further assume that these supernatural beings also have a separate, but ultimately connected, plane of existence as many theories suggest. So there are these amazingly powerful beings whose abilities are far and beyond human understanding. I’m talking about literally existence ending devastating powers here folks. But we humans who have virtually nothing to offer believe that these beings will come and swing around at our beck and call or even think that they can gain something from us. I think, at best, we’ll be the subject of a drunken bender for a terrible lesser demon who got lost on his way back to the ninth plain of eternal torment and pain. And it goes double for Aliens of all forms. First we’re assuming that space-faring beings who have clearly accomplished incredible and inconceivable things in the fields of science even register anything we’ve done as technologically impressive. And (this also goes for more spiritual based paranormal beings) we’re assuming that they’re humanoid. The “Gray”, or typical alien, is the most recognizable and unabashedly narcissistic. I mean, c’mon people, “Grays” are just pygmy humans with an unusual skin tone. How up our own asses can we even be? Is it possible to become a narcissistic ouroboros in which we are so far inside our own asses that we come out of our own throats? The alien being may not even be carbon-based, let alone humanoid. They could be a vague cloud of consciousness or completely undetectable by any of our senses. But every single person who thinks they see an alien or a shadow person assumes that the being in question immediately assume that it’s all about them. “Oh, this demon was watching me” or “Oh; this ghost was trying to haunt me”. The level of delusion is incredible.

I know that it’s a tough pill to swallow, folks. We want to believe that we are the center of the universe in every single conceivable way. Even in the past our science pointed towards this shared insecurity. It’s in concepts such as the geocentric and heliocentric model of the universe. The geocentric model stated that the Earth is in the center of the universe as opposed to the heliocentric model which (correctly) stated that the sun was in the middle of the universe. The geocentric model was the first proposed as we most literally wanted to believe that we were the center of the universe. However via the work of Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century B.C. and Nicolaus Copernicus in the 16th century A.C. we learned that the Sun was in the center of our universe, not the earth. What I’m getting at is that humans need to be taught, or learn, that we are not as important as we think we are in a grand sense. That doesn’t mean that you don’t matter in relative ways, just make sure to remember the context in which you operate. Keep yourself in perspective and understand the world around you objectively, not subjectively.

And for the love of God, stop trying to summon a succubus. It’s just getting sad at this point, my man. Tinder is free.

“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.”- Stan Brakhage

-Brendan C. Bush, contributor and Co-Creator of Heck Media

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