It's nice to see that the threads I started here are still pretty active.
After being attacked on this board and on a Landmark board for not getting with the respective programs of either vilifying Landmark or supporting it, I took a break. Then I talked to my friend whose example led me to consider the Forum. She said that if I was concerned that Landmark was a cult, then that was totally appropriate and I should do whatever I needed to do to resolve that concern--however it turned out.
So I made a nuisance of myself in various Landmark settings asking staff, assistants, and participants whether Landmark was a cult. Although this didn't endear me to most of these people, they did give me more slack than I expected.
Their responses varied. Many pointed me towards the Landmark web page on the cult issue, but I waved that aside. Overall I wasn't persuaded by their responses--for the most part I've concluded that 'cult' is an imprecise and emotionally loaded term which is hard to prove or disprove--but I was impressed that they listened and didn't counter-attack on a personal level.
I also found that I liked them and found them interesting, and that the Landmark material was useful. So I'm continuing to participate, which no doubt puts me on the Dark Side of the Force in this group. There is not much to be done about that.
For the record I really was concerned that Landmark was a cult when I was posting here before. I'll keep my eyes open, but mostly I'm not worried about it now. Maybe I'll regret it, but that's where I am.
You do see that you waved aside the answers to your questions FROM OTHERS regarding the cultic aspect. Why would we (or should we) suspect your behavior here to be any different? Because our ears are physically different?