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Well said, Wade. There is a general tendency within any organization to view
the departure of members as a threat, as it provides an implicit criticism
of those 'left behind'. Cults of any ilk go, I think we agree, beyond this
general tendency by proactively providing punishments to those who do, even
when it is legal for a member to leave. (This last provision to distinguish
cults from, say, the military.)
The nuclear family -- can you say more about your thought on this?
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf
> Of Wade T.Smith
> On Sunday, February 17, 2002, at 01:10 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
> > What does, IMHO, separate cults and religions from other belief
> > systems, is
> > that they [snip] make it particularly hard for their
> > targets to [snip] leave the [snip] system.
> Yes. You don't hear 'go back where you came from!' inside a cult too
> On the same hand, try to eat meat in a vegan restaurant. Or vote
> republican in Cambridge, MA.
> There is an opposition to almost any and all heresy, in any cultural
> enclave. And once you're part of one, they want you to stay. The real
> problem with cults is that they don't allow you to _know_ anything else,
> and they draw the walls closer every time you look out the window.
> Try to do science in a homeopathic clinic.
> The problem with having to do as the Romans do while in Rome, is that
> everyone thinks they are in the only Rome.
> The narrow range of a cult's cultural environment is also a mirror of
> the nuclear family.
> - Wade
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