@dragon 14 We are in rhythm(sorry for the Gakkai speak). Today I was asking myself this same question. Do Ikeda or any other paid leaders contribute during May or any other time of the year? If anyone knows the answer, please convey it. I just learned more about how aggressive and relentless members/leaders are being in contacting inactive ( =former) members about RTE. I don't care if I sound like a broken record. How SGI justifies the burden put on its members, current and soon-to-be-former, shows their true colors. Every time I hear yet another story about repeated phone calls urging people to attend RTE, I cringe with embarrassment. SGI has its members stressing out, ignoring their health, lives, and families, and for what?
I've got to think that people who have become employees of the SGI started out as the same kinds of "believers" as the rest of us. What happens: do they get "turned" when offered a salary and possibly another piece of the action? Is it made *that* clear that there's a scam going on that they can profit from? Did anyone who is on the payroll start as a crook from the get-go?
That scenario reminds me a bit of the plot of Enter the Dragon. The evil Dr Han holds an annual martial arts tournament on his remote island. He approaches a few of them - like Roper, played by John Saxon - and shows them that the tournament is really a recruiting vehicle to find unscrupulous people who will help with the opium, gambling and slave trades.
Now that I look at it, there *could* be parallels. But what happens to people who refuse the offer from Gakkai leadership?