I have received very serious complaints.
One man told NBC News he had a mental breakdown after a Sterling seminar weekend for the stress imposed.
Others have complained that relationships, marriages were destroyed.
Not at all "silly."
I consider the group potentially destructive.
Please understand that I wasn't making light of the issue at all. I find my feelings are confused. Their 'club meetings' sound ridiculous when you remind yourself that they are grown men. War paint, nudity, and running around calling each other 'jerk' sounds so childish...come to think of it I don't even think little boys do that. That is where my feelings of 'how silly' come in.
As to psychological harm it probably depends on the person and the person's mental state to begin with. I tend to think that people who have esteem issues,etc. or like to control others because THEY have esteem issues gravitate toward this type of group. The person that my family member is involved with that belongs to Sons of Maine seems to be intelligent, well spoken, good family relationship, hard worker, student, you name it. And he was all these things BEFORE this weird group thing. So I have no idea what on earth he thought this would add to what he is.
I think that is what I find most disturbing.
If it's not broken why in h*ll is he fixing it?
All I know about Sterling I have read here and a few posts at Factnet.
I am really trying to look at this in a way that doesn't scare me to death. Someone I love very much is close to this man. I am worried but I have no control over these two people and if I push it I am going to lose. Guaranteed.
You have to know that I am pretty freaked out and would like to say a lot more than I have. But as I said it is a small group and I know they probably are well aware of Ross and Factnet and I have seen some troll-like posts here and there on the internet. It wouldn't take much snooping for anyone to figure things out.
And at the same time I don't know why I am so paranoid. Not like they are going to knock me over the head and throw me in the bushes. But there it is.