It can only be a condition of mental illness that causes old-timers to assume being indispensable. The analysis of this phenomenon is necessary for those affected by the paradigm shift syndrome when devising better methods of handling financial resources. While old-timers sit in the comfort of nostalgia, the unhealthy newcomers carry a tendency to give them undue idolization.
Nothing is as important as categorizing mental conditions, for purposes of handling resources, to improve livelihoods. The first category is a despotic condition, described as psychotic, for lack of a better term. This refers to those who sit in the past and cannot be in the present time.
Psychologically, the condition of psychosis is a severe mental disorder, that causes havoc on humanity. Sometimes psychosis can be caused by physical damage to the brain, marked by a deranged personality, with distorted reality.
Such people include those in the comfort of past achievements, or past misfortunes. The psychotics feel that their past experiences make them better than those having not gone through similar experiences. They obtain favours from their admirers, also susceptible to being psychotic, like them.
They love talking about how good they fared at school or college, compared to others. Or, it could be how their well-to-do parents managed to send them to prestigious schools or colleges. That is even though they would be no longer associated with upper-class positions.
Zimbabweans are familiar with how our liberation fighters have overrated themselves, having participated in the liberation struggle. For most of the ex-combatants, it is impossible to remove them from the experiences of the bush war of the seventies. The only cause of the degraded condition of our country is the idolization of the heroic performances of the liberation fighters.
This is basically what has sustained the psychotic condition of our country. The possible current achievements, no matter how workable, have no relevance to the psychotics. What could be regarded as relevant to the year 2022 and beyond, cannot be considered relevant to the psychotics. This phenomenon cuts across all sectors of humanity, including Christian Churches.
For instance, one cannot denigrate Church elders like Pastor Guti and be forgiven by the ordinary laity. Biblical facts are not even considered relevant when compared to idolized personalities. Denominational leaders are honoured similarly to how Jesus ought to be honoured.