Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Village (Understand cultic behavior)

The Village
(Understand cultic behavior)

There's a movie that I think would help those interested understand manipulation and mind control a little bit better. The movie is called "The Village". You can rent it at your local blockbusters video store.

The Village (2004)


4 Comments:

Blogger vzl said...

I guess I disagree with that opinion.

A group of people who've experienced love ones murdered go and form a rather Amish-esque community. It's true, they lie about "those who will not be named", but they're hardly abusing and manipulating anyone.

They're people who've been broken by the violence in this world. It would have been better had they just been honest about their reasonings for having created such a community rather than use scare tactics, but then again, this was just a movie.

I think this is a poor example of "cultic behavior", actually.

Are the Amish considered a cult?

May 21, 2005 8:44 PM  
Blogger batdina said...

vzl,
I think the fact that they deceive all of the children into thinking that there are these mysterious creatures in the woods that will eat them if they go out is what makes it a cult. If the children would have known that there is more to the world, but that their parents chose to keep them apart from it, and were free to leave when they wanted to, it would not be a cult. It is a cult since the leaders use fear tactics and lies to manipulate the others into accepting an alternate reality.

May 22, 2005 8:31 AM  
Blogger vzl said...

Batdina,

I understand what you're saying. But cults normally tend to have malicious ulterior motives---money, power, sex, etc. The motives of these parents were to protect their loved ones from the violent outside world.

I agree for the story, it was still wrong, and they should have done things differently.

Interesting topic, though.

May 22, 2005 9:21 AM  
Blogger frumguy said...

most people would consider a cult as having a central leadership and membership in the cult is contingent upon complete and unwaivering acceptance of all of the cult's beliefs. You can compare this definition with that of a Religion, Sect or Denomination. It is common for a cult to be an offshoot of a parent religion or religious group, often deviating from their beliefs in an extreme or shocking way.

Most cults have a charismatic leader who is capable of demanding extreme loyalty and subjugation from it's members. We need to concern ourselves (in this group) with Cults because it is very common for the leader (or leaders) to use their power to persuade members to engage in sexual relations or to simply rape women or children. Many Cults are evil, but this is not really part of a definition of a cult. It has much more to do with a mind set. Cults often engage in a form of brainwashing or at least an extreme amount of pressure to accept all of the group's beliefs without question.

The opposite of a cult is the intelligent exchange of free ideas and beliefs with an acceptance of individual beliefs - without pressure to conform.

May 22, 2005 10:59 PM  

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