Theory: Someone who claims a faith in which kindness, courtesy, and being a good steward of your faith are virtues, while gossiping or provoking people maliciously for nothing but one's own idle entertainment are vices, professes that while not everyone is perfect, it is up for them to ask forgiveness for their transgressions, and in order to receive that forgiveness, they must then alter their behavior to reflect their contrition. They may also (depending on the faith) claim that acts of penitence or good will must be performed to counteract the bad vibes they've put out into the world. Going forth to sin no more, or remembering that what they put out will come back threefold, or whichever other variation on the theme applies.
Practice: People who profess those same beliefs make a habit of trolling (here or elsewhere, but here makes the most sense for the purpose of this example). Whether they post anonymously, or behind a username that is not directly connected to their actual physical being, the targets of their malice do not know who they are. However, the god(s) to which they pledge themselves DO know who they are, and see everything they do, including the adrenaline charge they get from trolling. Some directly admit to the trolling, even admitting they like it, or are proud of it. Others publicly deny it, but still indirectly reveal themselves.
There seems to be a disconnect here. Is it people lying to their deity when they ask forgiveness (since they continue to indulge in the behavior over and over again) or lying to themselves and everyone else around them by claiming a faith they stubbornly refuse to practice?
For some reason, this has been stuck in my head since someone started replying. Perhaps it's a "sign" that she needs to listen to it?
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