How to Start your own Cult
Posted by E on September 26, 2008
Over the years I’ve met so many people who are gong-ho about spirituality to, in my honest opinion, an unhealthy degree. I have my own beliefs which I keep private, but overall I am and have always stood staunchly against organized religion. If there is one thing I believe, it’s that Christianity, Islam and whatever else are just further along the chronology ladder than Scientology and assorted cults. History alone has given more credibility to so many “conventional” religions that have used force, torture and heretical laws to wipe out millions of opponents.
A war rages today, between conventional religion and those freakish marginal movements that are scattered everywhere and are more common than we would like to think.
Almost anybody can become a cult leader, from an average redneck in a small town to a leader of a national Democratic political party. Cult behaviour does not discriminate. Nor does it need religion to call itself “The One” and demand that we should believe in its transformative powers.
The simple answer is this: Religion is the root of all “evil”. There are many other “truths” out there, but we have to start with this one.
Yes, society needs to be bound by common social rules and regulations, but these need not be backed by threats of supernatural punishment or retribution. Just look at dictatorships throughout history, communist and national socialist alike – they were efficient enough at massacring and persecuting millions without installing fears of eternal damnation. But they too had their party rules, and if you refused to obey, you were labeled an outsider.
You will not discover The Truth in mind-numbing fluff like The Secret, or by getting swept up in Oprah’s latest fetish with The Power of Now groupies, or by tying a red string around your wrist, changing your name to Esther and eating kosher.
Anything that defines reality by a set of rules and regulations is to be avoided. Reality is mutable, is ever-changing, is malleable and up to the interpretation of every individual being.
Anything that dictates in no uncertain terms how you should think, what to say and what to believe is to be questioned and taken at face value. The answers to all questions lie within yourself, and the inner voice that tells you right and wrong. If you have to consult a religious book, a political candidate or ask a guru for the answer, you have already lost yourself.