I have a facebook friend who I don’t know outside of facebook, who until about a week ago wrote a lot of long posts with fairly clearly argued logical and philosophical points about theological topics. (I mean, I won’t oversell these posts–they had a lot of logical problems. But fundamentally, they were coherent, and it was clear he generally knew how reasoning works.)
In the past weeks, his posts have become increasingly unreadable, starting out seeming more disorganized in argument structure, and gradually getting worse, until today he is posting long chains of private-message conversations he’s been having with various people (all poorly formatted so as to be barely readable–not something I expect from him given his past writing) and interjected with comments that make no sense about how (in paraphrase) “See? How this?! Is connected?! To that?!”
In the past day or two he’s started to talk about how he’s “receiving” new information that will change the course of human history.
So the guy is married, so I know he’s not just sitting alone in his house with all this, but in their conversations it is clear she supports him in–whatever is happening.
Not my business. But I’m connected to him at least through facebook, and he’s PMing me a lot because he’s sure I’m going to help him logic all this out somehow. (At the same time being completely not substantively responsive to any of the logical points I do try to make about what he’s writing.)
Given a bit of effort, I could probably figure out exactly where this guy is. I could probably like maybe really stick my nose in by getting in touch with the person in charge of his diocese maybe? (The fellow I’m talking about is a very devout catholic.) It has already been suggested to the person–by me and by one other person–that he could do well to check in with a psychologist, but he has roundly rejected that. So my mind goes to possible people whose authority concerning the stuff he’s talking about he might trust.
Of course, that particular option involves an assumption that the person in charge of the diocese would take anything I say seriously AND would not indulge whatever is going on.
I feel like I should do something.
But this is none of my business, right? Or what?
What do you think you would do?