the word "cult" has been thrown around for so long its lost its meaning...
This is true. But there is good reason to study what it is that makes cults "safe" or "unsafe".
I agree, we do need to know what makes then unsafe, the warning signs etc. Like the article points out, it doesn't have to be about religion, though some form of belief is usually the mainstay of the group. New Age groups are just as likely to have an unsafe environment. I ran into a few that would qualify as a cult in my journey to atheism. They didn't believe in any of the traditional gods, but they did believe in a higher power and if you didn't you were an outcast just as surely you would be an outcast in any religion where you didn't believe in their version of a God.
In the end there will only be three things that matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of the things not meant for you. The Buddha Morality comes not from a book, or a guy up in the sky, but from the idea that how you treat people matters, because how people feel matters. Unknown.
benar: Perhaps you clicked on the Coronavirus thread...
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wally: proboards can be a bit buggy...i still get virus warnings when clicking on thread links...
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ant_rotten: Does anyone else constantly have a pop up saying “do you want to download index.html” when using TMB desktop version? This happens to me both on my iPhone and iPad..
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wally: you haven't asked me a question or anything or did i miss one?
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ant_rotten: What’s happening Wally? You’ve gone quite on me..
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wally: its no mystery apostate ant_rotten i am quite vocal...
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kip: Looking for meetings in Maine.
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