Mahanta Shark and Other Insensitive Thoughts! : )
- Hi, All!
It seems that a major problem with groups is a thing
called "group think" which really is the earmarkings of
becoming cult-like in thinking, where one conforms to
what the leader or major leaders want others to do, say
or think. Every word that is spoken or written by members
is up to scrutiny by the group. If it is less than conforming,
then invariably someone will chastize in order to put that
person in his place or try to force him to conform. Such a
frenzy of intolerance is taking place over on HuChat. Seems
like with the change in moderators, some new interesting
messages are going up over there, and some of the "cult"
police are quick to condemn! LOL!
Anyway, it is a new day on HuChat and change is throwing
some huchatters for a loop! Here's a passage from Sam Harris'
book "The End of Faith" that seems appropriate:
"For anyone with eyes to see, there can be no doubt that
religious faith remains a perpetual source of human conflict.
Religion persuades otherwise intelligent men and women to
not think, or to think badly, about questions of civilizational
importance. And yet it remains taboo to criticize religious
faith in our society, or to even observe that some religions are
less compassionate and less tolerant than others. What is
worst in us (outright delusion) has been elevated beyond the
reach of criticism, while what is best (reason and intellectual
honesty) must remain hidden, for fear of giving offense. . . . "
(from Afterward, page 237)
Yes, eckankar does not want critical thinking among its
members; nor can there be fun (like referring to Jesus as
a "Jesus shark") beyond some "canned" laughter! It really is
too controlling group--its very nature smacks of cult-in that
it leaves very little room to be free thinking. BTW,
displaying what one considers religious tolerance is often
just a ploy in trying to get others to be tolerant towards one's
religion. An eckist might and did ask what if someone called
the eck master a mahanta shark? How would an eckist feel if that
was said about Klemp? Well, I don't know, but hey, let's try it! All
right, eckists read this, Klemp is a mahanta shark, so there!
Now, how does that feel??? Or can you practice detachment and
just let it slide??? LOL!
p.s. Actually, I wish my friends over on huchat the best of luck
as they adjust to perhaps an improved and friendlier site! I
enjoy what some of these people do write even if I see eckankar
org as a dark and deceptive cult!