to discern sectarian groups within organized religion
How to Prevent
Know your enemy!
Originally published on June
The purpose of this brief document is to give the seekers of the Truth,
that is, the seekers of God, a very simple way to identify a sect or a
A series of articles have been published in a European magazine dealing
with Brainwashing (2).
One of the articles had a brief check list titled "Brainwash in Eight
Steps". Although we have covered those "Eight Steps" in our various
documents on brainwashing (3),
they have never been presented all together and in such concise form.
Therefore, we are translating said checklist and present it below for
the benefit of all.
Brainwash in Eight (very easy) Steps
It is forbidden to talk with people who
may hold opposite views or read books which are not in tune with "the
group". The new "convert" is separated from its family and friends.
Uniform behavioral patterns are
created. The new "convert" is convinced of the unique character - some
traits even of supernatural nature - of the supreme leader.
With Me or Against Me
Impose the believe that the only ones
who are good in world are members of "the group" - all others are bad.
There is no in between state.
Whistle Blowing on Others is Rewarded
No privacy is allowed. The superiors
must be informed - through the proper channels - of any deviation from
the expected behavior and thought. In this manner, the whistle blower
enhances his/her image before its superiors while strict uniformity of
action and thought are maintained
"The group" has its own vision of
the world, a vision which is presented as the only scientifically
correct view and which offer the only valid answers.
The sect/cult creates exclusive terms,
which are incomprehensible (nonsensical) to others, to describe reality
- their reality. The encoded language helps in controlling the thought
Our World and Nothing Else
"The group" is forced to become the
only important aspect of the new "convert". There is no room for
outside activities or dreams.
There Is No Escape
Once entrapped, the victim (formerly
called the new "convert") feels totally dependent on "the group"
because it cannot imagine a complete and happy life outside "the group".
(End of Steps)
A very serious problem associated with the above steps is that
Scriptural Readings - regardless of faith in question - can be taken
out of context to give a "Divine" justification as to why those steps
are, not only valid, but absolutely necessary for salvation. This
situation provides another example of why the Scriptures must be read
and interpreted as suggested in our documents (4) addressing the "quoting
out of context" and "selective translation" problems.
We must remember: Coherence (5)
must always reign supreme.
(1) Difference between
Sect and a Cult
(2) Sources for articles: Brainwashing - The Science of Thought
Control, K. Taylor, Oxford University Press, London, 2007 and Técnicas de persuación: de
la propaganda al lavado de cerebro, J.A.C. Brown, Alianza
editorial, Madrid, 2004
Brainwashing - Document I
and Document II
Literalism - Part
I and Part
importance of Coherence
Published on June 7th, 2009 -
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