Dustin Broadbery is an investigative journalist and blogger.
When we hear the word “cult,” various images and ideas come to mind.
It’s a term often used to describe extreme or unconventional religious groups, but what exactly is a cult?
A cult is a term used to describe a group of people who follow a specific set of beliefs or practices that are usually outside the norms of mainstream society. Cults often revolve around a charismatic leader who holds significant influence over his followers. One crucial aspect of a cult is the control it exerts over its members, often isolating them from the outside world and manipulating their thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
This control can be psychological, emotional and sometimes even physical.
Religion and cults share similarities, but they also have distinct differences. Religions are established belief systems that have been around for a long time, with a significant number of followers and a well-defined set of teachings. They generally have an organised structure, sacred texts and rituals that guide their practices. While religions can be diverse, they often promote tolerance, moral values, and a sense of community.
Meanwhile, cults usually emerge from a smaller group and tend to be less established. They often have a charismatic leader who claims to possess unique knowledge or authority. Cults may deviate from traditional religious practices and embrace unorthodox beliefs or rituals. Unlike religions, cults typically exhibit secretive and controlling behavior, restricting members’ freedom of thought and personal choices. This manipulation sets them apart from mainstream religions.
Dustin chatted to me about why Covid is a cult.