In Reply to: Re: Does The Family really care about the handicapped? posted by CB on August 23, 2007 at 08:44:01:
> Many times I've been struck by how Berg, and >now Queenie & Pooper, calculate the worth of >people in terms of their utility to the cause. >From a purely humanist standpoint, that is the >core definition of what it means amoral--i.e., >reducing human beings to objects of personal >utility.
Good point about humanist morals. some
seem to think humanist equates with amoral.
>In Family anthropology, human beings are >essentially "golum"--empty vessels of clay that >are animated by spirits. The Family's idea of >a "self" is one of an entity that chooses which >spirits will animate him/her at any given time. >Remember, "thoughts are the voices of spirits"-->? I used to hear that all the time.
golum..yessssss.. everything has to be interpreted to fit the rotten core, which in the family is called the "pillar of light" 'Are you facing toward the pillar, are your crystals shining bright? Is your mind an empty vessel we can fill it up with blight'
I don't remember that exact sentence, but I do remember something along that line. Like "Trying the spirits to see whether they be of God" and of course, if they were "of God" they would coincide with leadership, like Maria's conference calls with jesus and dead dad.
>The notion of a self that can think for itself >and act independently of spirits or external >forces of control is not on the radar screen of >Family beliefs. This is why the sheep need >leaders or external sources of authority to >explain reality, because any internal source of >reason and judgement is not to be trusted. More >than just not trusted, the promptings of any >internal locus of control is actually rejected >as the voice of an evil spirit.
And when that happens, everyone is subject to being lead about by fear. Even when the fear factor gets old, it's still a hard sleep to snap out of.
great post. I hope family is reading! I know when I read different articles and a book I wasn't supposed to read while in, the embedded defenses would blather out at the public but those realities kept pushing the contradicting
messages to the forefront helping me to eventually make the break as the horror got deeper. It's either accept the insanity, go crazy or get the hell out of Dodge.
One thing that touched me most was when I was out singing at a bar in Germany, eons ago, and a guy invited me for a drink and we got to talking and he just pointed out how unloving it was for a father to treat his daughter like Berg did writing a letter like "If the Truth Kills Let It Kill". (That was a recently released letter at the time) No preaching at me about how bad the cult was. Just a sentence that got me to thinking and shocked me because I didn't recognize him and wondered how he knew about that.
Those "hard sayings" in the Family, those were the red flags that as a golumite I couldn't see because I thought my resistance or abhorrence of anything while in, was my weakness or my badness, or my yielding to one of those bad spirits.
No wonder Berg dreamt about the "Green Door" where he was getting out and seemed to be going downstairs and downstairs to get out. That's because he returned to reality, and it was real way down in there in that crypt..
Glad to be away from the crpyt keeper, who does bear a striking resemblance to Berg, minus the beer belly though..