This is so true. It used to drive so many of my friends mad when I was a self righteous know it all. Many of the leaders even outside of the courses treat people like they are the know it alls. I lost so much respect while on staff for course leaders over the way they were unwilling to compromise or discuss differences of opinion.
I am always heartened to hear things like this. It's an indication that, no matter how effective or how inclusive the brainwashing is, there is still a "parallel" intelligence that recognizes and records the truth -- and it's a universal or general truth, not just a subjective one. There must a be threshold where people just can't tolerate the hypocrisy any more. What a great moment. Remember this bit of cult wisdom?
"If you really want to enslave people, tell them that you're going to give them total freedom." -- L. Ron Hubbard
Interesting point, Ellen, re "parallel" intelligence that recognizes and records the truth - a universal or general truth. Like sonnie_dee, I too noticed and was bothered by the hypocrisy of the leaders ("do as I say, not as I do").
We "students" were instructed in the ways of "wisdom": question old beliefs, open to new ones. We were examining our context, our filters. It sounded so good. Until I realized that it was a one-way street.
I noticed there was no forum for discussion or questioning the new beliefs we were being given. It was a red flag for me, because the leaders were not practicing what they preached. Why weren't *their* beliefs (the ones they were inculcating in us) fair game for the same process of examination we were doing with ours?. I certainly had some questions about the new beliefs I was buying into. The price to be part of the group and to get the "rewards" was to go along and not question!
Yes, a parallel intelligence was pointing me to the flaws in the "teachings". Why did I stay? I think the appeal to my psychological/emotional self was stronger than the shortcomings that my cognitive self saw. There is definite trickery involved. Also, some of the "teachings" were designed to give me ways to talk myself out of questioning the BS. Mindgames, mindgames, and more mindgames. That is one thing that lgats teach.
Disgusting scammy lies.