Here is some information on how Landmarkians are trained to ignore when people say no.
As her boyfriend got further into the organization, signing up for the leadership and self-expression program, Sumerlin agreed to attend an introductory course.
"They were just big sales pitches," she says. "We were whisked away into these back rooms where they try to get you to sign up. If you don't they want to know why. What's so great about your life that you don't want to improve it? Why do you have such a hard time committing to anything?"
In fact, she says, a former (Landmark) volunteer told her how they were taught to desensitize themselves to objections from potential recruits by singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and substituting all the possible objections people might have for the verses:
"I'm not signing up because…of money." Normal human person
Ee-I-Ee-I-O. Landmarkian tune-out
I'm not signing up because…I don't want to. Normal human person
Ee-I-Ei-I-O." Landmarkian tune-out
Corboy opinions and hunches.
No human being, acting in good faith, can cope with people who pretend to be in good faith but who have been systematically trained to pretend listening while ignoring any response contrary to their ideology.
And...because they regard you as an object, a mechanism, while you regard them
them as persons, the Landmarkians operate at an advantage.
The Landmarkian will not get tired, while you rapidly get exhausted.
Respecting people requires us to make that extra effort to empathize, listen, understand.
Regarding people as problems to be solved does not require nearly as much effort.
Treating people as objects turns communication into a problem solving exercise -- like an auto mechanic diagnosing engine problems.
No empathy needed when dealing with objects. An automobile is a mechanism, nothing more. No need to worry about its hopes and dreams.
Perhaps to the Landmarkian, the non Landmarkian is nothing more than a soft computer that runs on an inferior, outdated program.
The non Landmarkian is unaware that he or she is regarded as a problem to be solved, nothing more than a carnal computer running on an out dated program, a deficiency must be fixed by scrubbing the hard drive and reprogramming it to run on Landmark Code
The Landmarkian is a person who has been turned into a machine that runs on Landmark Code, whose only purpose is to recruit others so they can be reformatted and then programmed to run Landmark Code.
Just a hunch, a thought experiment on Corboy's part.
Maybe this is the great secret:
In Werner Erhard's world, relationships are not between persons. Relationships
Persons do not exist.
You are either a soft machine that runs on Landmark code, or a soft machine
that runs on non Landmark code.
Anyone in the latter category is inferior and must be 'saved'.
Salvation, according to the Gospel of Werner Erhard, means non Landmarkians must have their DOS scrubbed clean and re-loaded with Landmark code, then released upon the unsuspecting general population.
Werner Erhard is the Great Programmer, the Code Master.
The rest of us are soft machines, either running on Werner's code, or not running on Werner's code.
Baptism into Werner Erhard's church means you are taken into one of Erhard's
laboratories, your hard drive is scrubbed clean and then programmed with Werner Code.
(Corboy now speaking fancifully, but being dead serious, nevertheless)This
is Pentecost, this is the gift of the Holy Spirit, according to
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/17/2017 09:51PM by corboy.