Originally Posted by Dien Rice
While you were researching that, I've been delving deeper into cults...
Particularly "non-standard" cults...
I think we're going to have a fascinating conversation sharing what we've learned!
A "standard" cult to me is the typical "Jim Jones"-"Heaven's Gate" type of cult... A charismatic religious leader, who has absolute control over his or her followers.
But there are "non-standard" cults too...
Some are a "cult of personality"... It doesn't need to be religious. The leader may not absolutely control his or her followers, but they look to the leader for guidance... Many cult techniques are still used (like black & white thinking, thought-stopping techniques, or having an enemy, and encouraging in his followers the feeling of persecution by that enemy)...
Others are more "ideology" driven, and may not even have a "leader"...
I hope to share more, too... It's one thing to focus on those "Jim Jones"-"Heaven's Gate" type of cults... And another thing to delve into these other types of cults, which often "fly under the radar" in our society's awareness of cults...
Well, the word itself is a trigger for many people. My dad thought and taught that the Catholic Church was a cult. I doubt many Catholics think that, eh?
So, what is a cult? Sort of like porn maybe, can't define it, but know it when I see it.
And we've seem some off the charts behavior, culminating with the attack on the Capitol, and we've only just begun.
I suspect many of these cultists, don't understand the difference between mouthing off on the Internet, and taking action in the real world, where they can't hide behind anonymous musings in their groups.
From a marketing stand point, and my view, being an Old Timer running on fumes, I'm gonna dance with the Bae I brung to the party.
Although selling to cults can be quite lucrative, especially if you are an undercover ATF agent, ha!