I followed a Nigerian religious hashtag and felt quite sad. I think serious mental issues are being masked with religiosity. These are not happy people. Their participation felt forced. I remember a time I was invited to a church service with a testimony session, it was all weird
People coming up to outdo each other with mundane accounts of things you shouldn't ordinarily see as miracles in a sane society. People have been conditioned to experience so much adversity that a ray of light is welcome with joy. Something has to give soon. There’s much trauma.
Life is to be lived and not endured. While endurance may be a virtue, suffering is not. I used to look at very wealthy people who seemed happy and asked ”why not me?”. The answer was simple - work towards it. I also learned that success was a function of your mental state.