Thursday, June 19, 2008

Oh Man, You're Getting Warmer,...

"Maybe it's all the news of 'Anonymous' protests against Scientology that have been dominating the blogs lately, but it seems the word 'cult' is on a lot of people's minds. Which makes me think about just how many cults there are out there -- and not just the religious kind, either.

Merriam-Webster has not one but five definitions for 'cult,' the most expansive of which is 'a great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work ... usually by a small group of people.'

Ransom Riggs, leading into a list of "5 Cults We Like," on

Yep, there are all kinds of cults - and they should all be avoided like the plague. You got political cults (Obama) science cults (global warming) medical cults (homeopathy) spiritual cults (Eckhart Tolle) and many, many, more. And what do they all have in common? They all want YOU to join them in pushing their ideas on others.

It's nice to see CNN acknowledging their presence but it would be better if they took their effect seriously: they are so close,...

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