(Dulloldfart on ESMB)
Around 1977 I had just read in some article -- maybe the John Birch magazine -- the characteristics of a cult. I remarked to a fellow SO member that I worked with, "Hey, we have all the characteristics of a cult!" I found it amusing and laughed. I don't recall the other guy's reaction. I didn't give it any deep thought at all after that "realization."Years later, I regret not giving him one final parting shot. I really wished I could have simply said, "You are in a cult. You don't know it yet, but you are in a cult." Leaving him with one simple statement like that would have been something that he would be able to remember and think about for years. I dunno know, but I like to think that it might have been a good thing to do, to give him something to think about. As it was, I don't think my agree to disagree approach did him any good. I lost contact with him and for all I know he is still in some form of Scientology or Hubbard worship. I hope not.