THE SLOW PROCESS OF BECOMING A DISSIDENT
If someone tried to sell you on a job where you would lose a lot of your friends, be unable to culturally engage with most of modern society, were constantly harassed/targeted, became largely ostracized if anyone found out your job, and that job did not pay you a single cent, you would tell them to bugger off, perhaps in harsher words.
But is that not exactly what being a dissident entails? We recognize all of those things, but choose to do this, anyway. Maybe we are the crazy ones, after all.
I found a meme that captures the process well.
Replace “conspiracy theorist” with dissident in the below meme and it tells the same story:
There is no one born a dissident. It’s just the end result from countless hours deep in research, analysis, and reflection.
The true, final end result of this process is evolving into a spiritual dissident by finding Christ. That is the “proper mindset” I speak of. If one earnestly seeks the truth for long enough, it is where you will end up.
h/t Matt Bracken