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Obedience and compliance

Posted by Yvonne on May 21, 2005 at 02:54:44

In Reply to: Re: No differing here posted by OT2 on May 20, 2005 at 22:08:59:

Hi OT2

I still struggle to understand how people that I knew when they were young and idealistic could allow, if not participate in, the things I read from movingon, to happen.

Intellectually I know - I've studied it and can give you a good psychological explaination - and to a very small extent [wasn't in for long, in the very early days - didn't make a good disciple; asked too many questions] I've experienced it.

But, emotionally, when I read the descriptions and then think of those I knew and cared for and about - I ask myself; what must have happened to them to harden themselves to the children?

Hearing the stories here, and seeing the effects on individuals of being involved and experiencing these times goes some way to explaining.

I don't say this to offend and I know the research and literature on coercive persuasion, I understand it and have written academically about it - so I'm not naive to it. Its just that I have spent a couple of hours going through the stories there and I grieve for the children and can't associate those that I knew with this behaviour. Maybe like me they all left before it happened?