Cult Indoctrination…

This post might ruffle some feathers so if you are not in the mood I suggest you don’t read any further.

When you think of the phrase “cult indoctrination” I image some pretty dark things come across your mind. Cult leaders are usually people with an enormous egos and a corresponding quest for power.  Think of Jim Jones if you are old enough or maybe Branch Davidians.  These guys convinced hundreds of their followers to die for their cause when in fact their cause was really no cause at all.

But for this post I want to expand the cult/culture topic to also include our feelings toward wars and killing.  Generally speaking, except for a few forms of cultures like Quakers and Amish most people in the U.S. are taught at a very early age that killing is a necessary part of life and for many a fun part at least in concept. Just look at the top ten apps in any game genre and you will see they are dominated by a central theme of “killing the bad guys”. The games are becoming so real that it is scary to those of us who see them as almost making extinguishing life as a noble pursuit.  And then there is TV and movies, so many are centered around violence. Is it no wander that in the U.S. the number one employer is our military complex?

We are taught very early on that killing is fun especially if we can blow them to smithereens with super-advanced virtual weapons. Sadly many who rush to war given this indoctrination find the realities much different than what they thought.  Many then live the rest of this lives  totally harmed by their military experiences.

Now with our extensive use of military drones to do our killing actual war seems even more so like a video games and that is a bad thing as far as I am concerned.  One person’s cult is another person’s culture…

In my mind much of this aggression is the result of too much testosterone.  I know it was needed when we were dwelling in caves but it really serves no purpose in today’s world. If God made a mistake with us it was probably to give us too much testosterone, or maybe it is because of our lazy minds don’t really bother to think of the consequences …. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Cult Indoctrination…

  • The proliferation of war games is quite problematic. We were delighted with the rise of Minecraft- and then it took a twist as well.
    The drone is a terrible addition to war. It takes the Air Force plane 30,000 miles in the air to a whole different level.
    My understanding is that the strategic command for these drones has had to add a number of dentists to their area. The AirMen who fly the drones are grinding their teeth out! Drone drivers have some of the highest PTSD rates in the military. Many get out after their first tour. I think that conscience is very present.
    There has to be another way to help the world survive evil.
    Any ideas?

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  • I saw on the news this morning about the 13 and 14 year old boys in central Florida that were planning a Columbine High School massacre. Now where do boys this young get these ideas? It’s so obvious to me…TV, movies, video games and a good dose of uninvolved parenting perhaps. And Trump is fueling the fire with his anti anyone but Christian stance. It’s like a cancer in our society that will spread to other countries and I really see a dim future for our planet and all of humanity. And I just can’t understand why the Trump supporters don’t see it! What is wrong with these people?

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  • Thanks both Jan and Mary for your comments. They definitely add to the discussion.

    How do you change a culture? That seems to be the underlying question. A big part of it is as you say uninvolved parenting. Part of it is that we tend to pass on what we learned in our youth. Yeah, being the radical undefinable the current Oval Office holder seemingly condones and even encourages erratic actions by his words and deeds. We can only hope that we survive these four years without a lot of damage being done.

    I am an optimist and think that if Minnesota can survive Jesse Ventura for four years maybe we as a nation can too… 🙂

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