I left the ICOC cult in 2005. I spent 2 years in counseling and doing intensive work to recover from the PTSD I had as a result of my 15 year membership. I have no doubt that my character has been permanently changed as a result of my membership, and of course I'm not too happy about that! I don't want to be self-righteous, judgmental, and all those things.
I posted on here extensively a while back on the Byron Katie threads but not since. I'm coming here again now because I had a little altercation on a Facebook page today which bothered me more than it probably should have. I was accused of being 'authoritarian' - a word associated with cults. I think I could have just brushed off the post but for the use of that word. Instinctively my reaction is to think that her response was uncalled for and rude, but if she has a point and I was being 'authoritarian,' I really want to know, because I DON'T want to be that way.
The thread was on a page for homeschoolers, and the subject was personal finance being taught in schools. Some of the comments seemed to me to be very disdainful of teachers and parents of schoolkids. To wit: "I can't imagine a kid in school would have much of a chance to be part of the family financials." "Just another way to take responsibility off the parents." "In the hands of schools, financial education could be a horrible thing" "to be taught by teacher's in state school's,these people have in the most never lived outside the system of the public tit,they are the most unqualified people on earth too teach children anything regarding responsibility." "your parents won't teach you, because they figure you're learning stuff this important in school."
So I wrote this: "I gotta say -- I plan to homeschool... but I am disturbed by the comments here which make the assumption that parents who don't homeschool are neglecting their children and that schoolteachers are clods. That is neither fair nor true in most cases."
And someone, probably the page owner, replied to me with this: "If people's opinions "disturb" you maybe you should spend less time on the Internet. Also, your authoritarian opinion is not necessary."
I know it seems like a very small matter, but I want to get outside opinion on what I wrote and on the response to it, because I don't want authoritarianism to be part of my character if I can help it. Maybe I can't; I was a know-it-all only child to begin with, and joined a cult and lived for decades thinking I was better than the rest of the world. But at least I can try!
Thanks all :)
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