It was the most enthusiastic YWD (Young women's division member) in our group who the leader chose to get up and speak. This leader was not explicitly introduced as a leader. She was, seemingly, just a part of our group of 10 - 15 people. All these group mouthpieces had nothing but good things to say.
"That was Great!" shouted even louder instead of "Wasn't that Great?" saves the thinking and immediately puts everyone on the same page. I was seeing that more and more. The response from the emcee after the MJ song singer on a posted video is an example.
These are seemingly passing comments on the microphone but keep everyone in agreement.
Spending so much time cheering about how far we drove and whooping it up for our own district. I guess that's what it means to be a "Youth!"
This drove me crazy when I was in SGI -- all the manufactured emotion. Leaders would mention some upcoming big meeting -- and everyone would start cheering. It was as if they'd pushed a button. All this excitement -- for what? The chance to hear some mid-level leader give us the party line? The chance to hear some amateur singing or instrumental music? What's the big deal?
When I made that statement I had a sea of dead eyes looking back at me. Like that video posted of one YMD helping another YMD with his tie. Lifeless. There wasn't any response like "You are going to find a lot of wonderful things in your new practice." I think none of the members were representing a leadership position in my district and therefore had no response. It was like "Stepford Wives" or pod people from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". Dead eyes, no expression. No words. Yet I stayed.
EVERY time I had a friend join me at a meeting, no matter how well they seemed to get along at the meeting, that friend would at some point ask me: " Is that a cult?" Yet I stayed. For years it was like that.
Why do you think some people have stayed in the cult for 40 years?
Well, at least I'm not deceived, and I have my integrity. That counts for something.
And, secondly, the voices I hear in my head, the imagined responses from leaders about these 'negative' inquiries and conclusions and discussions with ex-members are all going to bear the stamp of disapproval from SGI members.
Soka gakkai cult brainwashed young mother/housewife reacts to being filmed (but only to the lady filming):
[www.youtube.com] at the 2:19 min. mark, there is a discussion going on between the protestors and a gakkai cult member, who happens to be a young mother toting an infant. She obviously isn't happy with the anti-gakkai protestors and has a visceral reaction when a camera lady approaches to film. At 2:47, the mother suddenly grabs and breaks the camera/microphone (you can actually hear it snap). Holding an infant only emboldens her behavior. They are separated and the cult lady eventually convinced to leave. One interesting part is when another gray haired gentleman comes up right after that and says you can't reason with these gakkai cult members, because they are under "mind control." He's absolutely correct.
I've witnessed much worse reactions from gakka cult members who don't like something that is happening or can't get their way (i.e., their magic chant is powerless). The above is nothing. I've seen temple members physically set upon, grabbed, pushed away and almost struck, when they dared to show up at a gakkai kaikan meeting. (For the record, I have no dog in their silly fights, either, because I think both sides are quarreling over nonsense.)
Crazy is as crazy does and cults make you crazy, including the gakkai cult. I've seen it many times, too.