A group where critical examination of information and thinking for yourself:
- is not encouraged
- is disregarded
- is discouraged
- is suppressed
- will get you in trouble
- is apparently encouraged but actually forbidden
I propose the above as a “Scale of Cult Think“.
There are plenty of groups where free and progressive thinking is the order of the day. But in many groups there is an atmosphere not really conducive to independent thought. A group tends to guard its own purpose and modus operandi. Some groups take this to detrimental levels and whips its members into line with spiritual, mental or even physical means.
There have been many historical examples of groups at level 4 or 5, but I believe a group at level 6 to be the most insidiously dangerous. Rather than listing various groups along this scale, I will encourage the readers of this blog to come up with examples of groups they know and their position on the above scale.