by Nezhmi Mohamed
SEVERAL Persons who have asked to remain nameless object to to my earlier reference to victims of cults as “incorrigible.” This seems altogether too categorical and harsh and I agree. Also I apologize. In trying to make another point I erred in my use of language (which ought to be illustrative itself of the difficult limits of language.) The fact is that at whatever their stage of development people may be said to be sincere always in their seekings and strivings. The problem of education is a thorny one especially if it is a question of “religious freedom.” Be that as it may there are actually numerous activities in society which in effect are cults. And, the good news is that people as often as not succeed in escaping. As to the frequently-sadistic “spiritual” rackets in which people dedicate themselves in all sincerity to practitioners suffering themselves from hysteria and other undiagnosed mental complaints, people finally leave these characters very often for reasons of real love. It may be to save their families and children, you name it, but that is precisely — love.
Why does psychology not do a better job of detecting the disturbed personalities who so cruelly misuse the hopes and needs of others?
Well, on the question of cults I know personally of an indvidual who qualified as a psychologist and then, thanks to good early moral training and when he realized the degree and depth of corruption there is in the field of clientizing psychology today as it practised through a system of subsidies from insurance and the government, left the field entirely. To his credit this personality has become a well-respected building-contractor who teaches the young something of the real nature of life by employing young males who have frequently fathered children — and, who need to learn how to work. The sufferings of babies and small children are the real nightmare in this all.
That point brings home to me as none other the real need for the ongoing real work of the Sufi, which in the large part is to impart actual power to stabilized people, who then can bring actual aid to these little ones even when they may be practically unable to do anything on an exoteric level. This is the true meaning of the psalm:
“I cried out and you rescued me.”
[Emmett R Smith
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[31 July 2006]