Thanks to social media, these tormented lives are being exploited by the sufferers themselves, their family members and lovers, and big tech platforms.
In the Bibleâ€™s book ofActs, local authorities beat and throw into prison the Apostle Paul and his assistant Silas for delivering a slave girl from a demon. The slave girl made money for her masters by telling fortunes, presumably using demonic supernatural knowledge. Once she was delivered of her oppression, she no longer made her masters money. So they roused up a mob to get the local magistrates to retaliate against Paul and Silas for their act of deliverance.
Itâ€™s impossible not to think of that ancient account when reading a fresh one from Input Magazine this month about a supposed explosion in disassociative identity disorder on TikTok. To reduce exploiting peopleâ€™s suffering for clicks, I wonâ€™t link to the story.