Way # 1: Be a brown nose
Way # 2: Be an SOB and push everybody
Let's face it, those of us who were in neither category of those 2 plans were nobodies unless we happened to have some skill or looks to move us up in the world of maniac MO. (I knew Larry but I often wondered who was Curly.)
Are those traits restricted to a cult? I don't think so. In my opinion there are many dictators in the make and other who are waiting for their turn. But that wait is not doing anything, it is doing what they do best, either brown nosing or bossing people around.
The more things change, the more they are the same. I wish I had always been this old and wise. I'd be the leader of the world, or at least of a small country.