How Well-Meaning, Intelligent People End Up in a Cult

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Callison Slater : "One man's cult is another man's religion"

Chris Dolphin : Wonder how effective these sort of teaching/recruitments are, now that we have Rick and Morty, and The School of Life.

kjf414 : Cohen is a narcissist. Now he is also a "fallen guru," who fled to India in disgrace.

Peter Finn : This guy has serious Psychological issues that he has 'hidden' all his life. Even after the dissolution of his bogus religion he still attempts to present himself as a 'superior being.' The best thing he could do is just not talk about anything that has an association with spirituality.

kevin McFree : you dont need to live in a compound to be in a cult. jehovahs witnesses, scientologoy, mormons all high control cults

Tari Nai : This is not too bad, they didnt kill ppl, blow up stuff, incite riots...

Kip Andrew : That was dope. I absolutely loved that I wish it was longer.

NC Styles : People who fall into a “cult” are people who haven’t found themselves, lonely and confused.

mainefem : Worthless scam artist!

Troy Porter : Jesus loves us!! I have truly felt how God has transformed my life. I encourage anyone who is looking for hope to open up the bible and read the letters of Paul. Romans is a great place to start and I would suggest reading the NLT translation. It is a very accurate and easy read to read translation of The Word of God from the original Greek.

rdgloveshouse : he said something about a calamity? and taking repsoinsibiilty/.. anybody know what specifically happened? this is so vague

k. rich : this is stupid, how can ppl be so gullible

J H : Sam Rosen STILL seems confused as could be!!!

Sam Adams : I think all religion is cultish....control!!!

Cruel Angel : Intelligence is not equal to critical thinking skills.

lm mcg : It's very easy to fall into this. These churches go out of their way to be extra nice. Especially if you haven't much close family. You feel this acceptance and love around you. It's kind of addictive almost. Your past is irrelevant and they just take you for what you are. I was in a church for 5 years and it was so hard to leave. When I left I was dropped completely which was almost more hurtful. I considered these people to be family. It's all consuming. even if you get into a relationship or have friendships they tell you to bring them to church. Even your social life is all about church. Even now it's only 3 or 4 months from I left. I'm still getting texts to say we miss you and the girls (my daughters).

Gary Finneyfrock : I could never follow one person, religion or a cult. There are so many choices in this world and so much to choose to follow ones own journey. Its all about the  $$$$. Their are 4500+ religions and beliefs in the world, grab many that soot your fancy, Ill know in the end of life what this journey was all about and sent right back again.

Mikℯ Kℯn† : What is that black trapezoidal prism on the floor of the room Cohen was being interviewed in, like at 15:00?

lydia : people need to stop being like 'omg they're so dumb!!' this could happen to anyone, you should be thinking more about how scary it is how easily it could be for anyone even you on your high mighty pedestal to fall into a cult so just shut up.

Neil : the problem with humanity is that people love to follow a leader ,but he remains higher and better than then so dis empowering them ,a true leader is to bring people to his level ,that is what Jesus is about ,

modvs1 : Andrew used to make me dress like a school boy and throw toothpicks into a scaled model of a volcano, while I barked like a leopard seal. He used to watch me do this from behind a one way mirror. Not sure what all that means, but I definitely felt enlightened after each session. Jah Bless!

Mary Therese McCool : When a person becomes more important than the message, then you know there's a problem.

Holy Atheist : Maybe if other schools of thought like philosophy or psychology had a similar model to religion where people could freely congregate, learn, speak to each other, and share ideas, escapes like these cults would be less popular.

Keon Aureii : If a religion talks to you about how beautiful is evolution.... run!

sonoki82 : I actually read a book by this guy, which was given to me. I thought it was a lot of BS. He endlessly yaps about "enlightenment" without ever defining it and recites the praise other people have heaped on him. Very creepy and off-putting. That having been said, these people were not coerced. They chose to be there. They got something out of it. They were free to leave at any time, and did leave when they wanted to. They don't claim to have been physically abused, deprived of sleep or nutrition or exploited financially.

77543345 : Prostration isn't unusual... typical in many eastern religions. Don't know why such ominous music was used in that scene. An uncultured choice...

Miguel Rosado : There have been monks, gurus, enlightened peoples, etc. for thousands of years. How many problems have they been able to solve? How many innovations or scientific breakthroughs have they contributed? How much have they advanced human consciousness? Haven’t all of them required financial support? What information are you missing to conclude that these are just misguided endeavors?

Doge : how is it a cult? he has his ideas of living and he's teaching that. it's not for everyone. would you say eckhart tolle is a cult leader?

Facepalmer : An enlightened primate is still a primate.

voteZDLR : Just another Jew doing the devil's work. Nothing new here.

lilacbed : when will people question islam next??????

Lisa Zoria : Being in a cult is like being in a relationship with a narcissist but on a mass scale.

geosutube : Founded by Deepak Chopra, the Wizard of Woo.

Pragmatic Entertainment : At least he admit something was wrong, and spoke to the camera.

Marc Jacobs : I'm so tired of people blaming their (spiritual) ''teacher(s)'' for the unfairness they did to them. Trust me, we're all victims and we can all come up with someone or something to blame our shortcomings, disappointments or the devastating moments of our lives on. Take some bloody responsibility for your own behavior and ''authority-problem''. So, in this case, many of Cohen's students resonate(d) with the message about the ''Evolution of Consciousness'' and sort of believe(d) in that. So, the bloody ''EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS'' for fuck's sake, and you blame your misery or mistreatment on ONE BLOODY PERSON, that's beyond hilarious, considering the topic of YOU or YOUR PLACE in this ''Grand Splendor Evolution-of-Consciousness'' way-of-thinking. What a joke. I met Andrew a couple of times and went to one of his retreats somewhere in Spain, like I met dozens of ''teachers'' of yoga/meditation the last 30 years. For me I just take what is needed for me (and diligently try it out) at the time and move on, or stay a little first :-) I make an attempt to notice the qualities of a person/''teacher''/''master'', store what I hear that resonates with me, don't believe any of them, but just listen to them, apply what resonates, and, for as long as it's beneficial for me as well as for others, do that and move the hell on. So, if one decides to stay with some ''master/teacher'' whatever, then take full responsibility for what that decision did to you and just whine about your decision or situation afterwards without shoving the blame on someone else. I feel blaming someone or something only has a lasting impression when it's a very short term thing.....

M H : I would never fall for shit like this.

M H : These people don't want to admit to themselves that they are stupid. hahaha!!!

M H : These people are dumb, plain and simple.

Carly Lavine : so athiests are safe

Nancy Kay : Humans are incapable of knowing the ultimate truth. The Bible is just a product of mans thoughts, it is an attempt to seek the truth and to gain power. We just have to accept the fact that the truth is out of sight and the only way we will ever find out is after death. We can’t be punished for not following “gods” word because we have no idea which religion is the right one and this isn’t our fault.

Daniel Tynan : He described getting involved in the cult EXACTLY the same way someone gets hooked on drugs. He "tried" it and got really high .. so he kept going back. . .eventually he wasn't getting very high anymore .but all his friends and life was in the cult so he was dependent on it. .even though it became damaging.

rationalguy : I'll never join a cult, and can't understand why anyone would. I'm an introvert, a skeptic. I already left my "cult-lite" religion that I was born to.

Spirtual Anarchist : Whining attention seekers is what they are .What exactly is the 'Cult aspect'? I worked with victims of cult abuse for years. These people do not fit any criteria . They joined some group. Meditated for hours. got their portion of 'spiritual experiences'.. So it seems they found what they searched for..I don;t especially like Cohen's teachings or attitude, but that's beside the point .This commune sounds pretty voluntary a harmless to me .They could leave without pressure or consequences. No money fraud.No sexual abuse ..Sounds more like 'unhappy customers' then cult abuse victims to me.This' cry wolf' mentality makes it more difficult for true victims to get taken seriously.

gman : Any worship is a cult. All religion

Loc'd Emperor : It's still a crime to me. Lock him up!

Julian Walker : This was really good, but really dropped the ball in not talking about the details of what actually happened that was so abusive and corrupt.

Wade Rivers : As long as you believe in the supernatural, your chances of getting sucked into nonsense like this is substantial.

Svetlana Rutter : Unfortunately, the trouble starts when people, especially young ones, start seaking "the truth" or "meaning of life", when they get drawn to these cults to get their answers...

shawn stephens : Not understanding the bible is why people end up in cults.

Miss O.P. : MLK was a cult? did that guy really just say that lol. altho I could understand how someone could get super cult tho.