Re: The ULT Mindset
Aug 08, 2007 02:18 AM
by Ben Scaro
A few thoughts.
Rather than being peculiar, I would say this mindset is all too
common in this area.
I've encountered it for years. Anyone doing objective historical
work on an occult order is likely to face these sorts of
I believe followers of less popular gurus use a similar rationale to
that of the band manager in the movie 'Spinal Tap', ie, 'we're not
unpopular, our appeal is just becoming more selective'.
Meaning that their group, despite its obscurity, is ipso facto,
The group's history, ignored largely because it isn't of much
relevance to the wider community, is focussed on and cherished to
the extent that it becomes a thread of illumination for members.
Hence any objective consideration of the history is unwelcome,
because the group feels it alone 'owns' its history.
I don't think, by and large, you see the same distinct type of
emotional instability among followers of larger religions, maybe
because their leaders and history are usually not 'owned' by them in
the same way.
Further, their mythos does not perform the same emotional function
for members, ie convincing them, despite being ignored by an
uncaring world, that they are part of an 'elite'.
For example, there are many Christian denominations with varying
views about Jesus, so an attack by a Richard Dawkins is not greeted
with the same paraonid, beady-eyed, whackjob frenzy by Christianity
generally (although there are obviously localised cases!).
But an objective focus on the acts of a Leadbeater, an HS Lewis or a
Dr Ann Davies will get you a much more poisoned response, with
inevitable questions about your motives and/or sanity !
I firmly believe most of these disciples are not interested in
equipping themselves to do objective research on their founders.
Doing so would inevitably disrupt the mythos they rely on so much
and the house of cards would come tumbling down.
> The appropriate response to the work of an historian with whom you
> agree is to publish evidence that his or her history is flawed.
> If that is beyond your intellectual or moral capacity ? or you're
> too lazy to undertake the necessary research - then personal
> always a convenient alternative!
> Dr Gregory Tillett
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