It was obvious to me, the discouragement of friendships outside the group, the encouragement of arranged marriages between members of the group, the guru with their big houses round the world and fleet of cars, who says money doesn't matter in the world but asks for money to help run their centres
It all screamed cult to me, but I saw little point in arguing it, if someone is that brainwashed they need to fall out of favour it themselves, you can't walk them back to reality easily (a bit like talking to remainers really)
Talking about cults, it appears Smallville actress Allison Mack is in the slammer because she was done for enticing , enslaving lasses into some cult. Even the other Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk was implicated but she insisted she had nothing to do with this.
Cults take people over. They brainwash them and while there may seem to be a willingness to submit to being dominated by the "Leader" and their principal aides and accepting their bidding, there are a whole number of weapons utilised by cults including both physical and mental coercion.
I have a friend who is a leading expert on cults and the things they do to people. In fact, he was on the TV recently giving expert advice in a program about cults.
The whole thing is a minefield. Cults aren't always frightened to take their detractors into court in their fight to keep doing what they do to people. Like many things, it's about power and money and cults will do almost anything including committing mass murder or inciting mass suicide to achieve their aims.
It’s all about Sex, istr most cult programs center on the need for the lovely’s of the cult to shag the cult leader senseless so as to produce babies for god. Both the Johnstown and the Waco nutter were well into producing sprogs. The nutter at Waco wouldn’t let his own children walk out when the FTA/FBI launched their final assault and died with him. Subsequent DNA checks showed he was the father of 19.
There was a documentary on one of the lesser know sky channels last week. A lot of the male followers of this cult took themselves off to Mexico in order to have themselves castrated, can't recall what the specific reason was.
I must admit, these cults do give me cause to ponder. Is it simply that the leader is so charismatic - that your common or garden average person simply feels a 'need' to follow him/her. Or is it simply he/she (the leader) identifying sheep-le who have are easily led?