Re: "brain washing in a godless big business cult"
Date: October 27, 2019 06:30AM
I do appreciate what you are saying, - that it is held over your head that if you don't attend, you won't receive work. Also, that when you ask questions about the program itself, answers are vague to nonexistent. The course description is just as vague in the private sector. Nobody knows what they are buying.
To have that held over your head at work threatens your very survival, so in many ways, it is an extreme pressure.
I just wanted to point out that social pressure can be similar. We are social creatures. Pressure from a spouse/S.O., ("If you don't do this, I don't see how we can save our marriage/relationship."), can, in many cases, be just as bad.
In my case, I was in a social group that was focused on "New Age" type spirituality. Since "New Age" is not organized, inclusion in the group was important to me, and to many others. We couldn't just go find another as easily as one could change churches. The group was by invitation only, but we were an eclectic mix of various belief systems and practices - Wiccans, "Shamans" "New Age." Nobody pushed their beliefs onto anyone else.
The woman who had organized and conceived of the group later got into Landmark. It was after this that she started pressuring other members of the group to do the forum. At first, she was just trying to sell us on it, but the pressure increased with each passing month. Toward the end, she started saying that maybe only people who had done Landmark would be allowed in the group.
The group would do activities together, and support each other's lives, and you started to notice that only those who had done Landmark were invited to certain gatherings. The explanation was that those who had not done Landmark would not understand the flow of the conversation. Also, she started to increasingly set up group activities that were centered around Landmark teachings. I left that group at about the same time i left Landmark. It was just as well, because every person in the group had simultaneously started behaving as if I wasn't even in the room. It was very obviously contrived to be that way.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10/27/2019 06:36AM by kdag.