I first noticed it with gun violence.
It was like clockwork. A massacre would happen and Normals would respond normally, asking “Dear God! What can we do to make sure this horror is prevented and the body count reduced if possible?”
The questions were Other-Centered, the way you do when you are thinking about other people and their suffering and anguish–that way Normals do in the face of tragedy.
But the response of the Gun Cult was always self-centered: “Don’t blame me. Don’t touch my gun! This was a hoax to make me look bad! You only care about this because you want to take my gun!”
When the Cult could be pried off their fragile egos long enough to think of somebody else for a second, their only recommendations were always purely self-serving: “We need more guns. I need the right to buy more and ever more guns.” At the end of the day, everything was always about them.
Then I began to notice that this narcissistic pattern was everywhere with the MAGA cult.
So, for instance, the argument was constantly made that a state health care social safety net would be bad. Why? Because if the state ensures health care for all, it would rob the MAGA narcissist of his chance to be charitable to the needy. In other words, what matters to the MAGA enemy of universal health care is not the little girl with leukemia and her family facing destitution, but Himself and his warm feeling of stooping down to lift up the lowly–and his godlike power to let the undeserving poor die if he doesn’t feel them worthy of his largesse. Once again, it’s all about the MAGA narcissist.
Likewise, we see it with the MAGA voter who only cares about human suffering when he is the victim, as when Trump voters only cared about his callousness and cruelty to the weak and poor when it affected them.
And the apotheosis of this narcissism is now seen in the the MAGA Qhristian who manages to transform his massive selfishness into some sort of holy virtue inside his own mind:
False prophets like Marshall are leaders of a murder/suicide cult thinking only of themselves as they risk the lives, not only of 32 people in their immediate circle, but of the hundreds of people those 32 selfish, foolish people will likewise endanger. They could not care less about others. Instead, they see themselves as the heroes in a drama starring themselves in an imaginary war with Communists and Marxists attempting to steal their joy. It’s all about them. And if somebody sickens, or dies, or suffers debilitating years-long effects from COVID, too bad. It’s not their problem. They are heroes in the War Against the Imaginary Great Reset.
The word for this is childish and the name for people like this is “immature”. This is how babies think. Mom and Dad are sending me to bed, not because it is necessary that I get sleep, but because the whole universe is against me and I am a hero for having a tantrum. The doctors are making me think about the health of other people because they are plotting to oppress me, not because they are trying to prevent another 250,000 deaths. Everything is about Me.
It is no wonder that the MAGA Cult feels liberated by its leader to indulge this radical, stupid selfishness.
But still and all, such narcissism is deadly and these dangerous toxic people have to be reined in by grownups, rebuked by Normals, and told to grow up by adults.