…of end-of-the-world cults. Yes I know– wishful thinking. End-of-the-world cults are as old as history, and they’ll just keep right on coming and going, no matter how many times they’re proven wrong (much like socialism and jihad). Eventually of course the world will end. All Things Must Pass. Then one of these cults will probably be proven right after all. That’ll show us.
This should be a course of study in high school – “Introduction to End of The World Cults.” Students could get involved by forming into groups within the class and starting their own end of the world models and doctrines. I’m trying not to be too flippant because this is a very serious subject.
Religious and political leaders, or leader wannabes, and most hippies, find that people desperately want to believe in something that makes them extra special. It is easy to convince people that they are part of a special group. A group that has super duper important information, and that the rest of us will rue the day if we don’t take heed of it and recognize that group as The One, and so on. It’s usually all about power. Raw power and nothing else. Algore and the Global Cooling, I mean Warming Now/Global Cooling Now/Oh What the Hell; Climate change cult is one of thousands of examples. Most churches practice some variant of it also, and it always works on someone. No matter what. Since people can’t bear the thought that they’ve been duped to such a deep level– that they’ve been so, so very foolish. They’ll do anything to explain it away somehow, to avoid the profound sense of embarrassment and shame.
That’s when the bullied become the bullies. The cycle repeats.
I know, I know. Trust me. I’ve felt The Spirit too, I know exactly what you cultists are going through. I was young and impressionable. I deeply wanted to believe in something that would relieve me of my doubts, confusion, self-loathing or whatever it was. And then there was that need to “fit in”. That’s when they get you. It’s a form of hypnotism, and it works on you because you want it.
It’s never going away, but you don’t have to participate in it. When you let go of that garbage– that baggage people have used to control you, and live a life guided by principles, none of it can touch you.