Catholic Fundamentalism boils most human endeavors down to this: We do not buy things and ideas. We purchase the possibility of praise! Desire For Praise is a powerful force of nature. Desire For Praise pulls us relentlessly toward those who praise us. Desire For Praise pulls souls from God as gravity pulls our bodies to earth.
As we recognize the power of our own Desire For Praise, we see how the Promise of Praise influences what we think, say, do, buy, and believe. Understanding that moves us to a higher level of awareness. Suddenly, we understand more about how the world works than we ever knew: A Promise of Praise (POP) meets a Desire For Praise (DFP) and money passes from Desirer to Promiser.
Those who are most vulnerable to Desire For Praise are the most easily manipulated. Skilled marketing experts use studies to show what sort of praise leads different sorts of people to buy, for instance, certain types of pick-up trucks. Others focus on brands of jewelry, music, or tennis shoes. “This product will lead you to be praised!”, they promise about every offering.
Those suffering from DFP know that when there is enough advertising muscle behind a product, those with a great Desire For Praise are sure to hear: “Oh, you have one of those! They are so great!”
Immediately, reasons to purchase additional colors and styles are provided so those with sufficient Desire For Praise will buy more!
As we think about it, we see why Catholic Fundamentalism boils most human endeavors down to this: We do not buy things and ideas. We purchase the possibility of praise!
Desire For Praise motivates political campaigns. Those with a Desire For Praise for being in a higher order are drawn to such slogans as: “People who believe in Fairness support ________ !”
Less idealistic appeals are made to those with with a Desire For Praise that is satisfied with continual demands for “More!” Such campaigns center on “People who believe they deserve more are voting for _________ !”
As we see how Desire For Praise is used to manipulate us, we see that we use it to manipulate others: “Surely, you don’t want to be like one of them!”, we say as we try to shame someone into better behavior.
Clever marketing men invent Marketing Plans to gain allegiance for social and religious groups. Huge incomes may be generated at low cost by convincing bitter people who are angry at their lack of success to join some group or worship in some new way because “We have to show them!”
As we think about Desire For Praise, and the nauseous self-worship that causes it, God’s children are naturally repelled. Where to go? The Catholic Church teaches that humility and obedience are far, far higher goals than any that may be satisfied by the Desire For Praise from family, friends, neighbors, and marketing manipulators.