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Any good reason at all why you might join a sect?

Asked by Symbeline (30488 points ) January 25th, 2012

Hypothetical. Sects don’t have to always cater to religion or spirituality. They can be about a lot of things, and can work in different ways. Take my italicized sentence as the prime example for this hypothetical situation. You would have to submit to the rules and traditions of this sect, and accept to cut yourself off from society, friends and family in order to live with the people in the sect who work to pursue some meaning, belief, goal or idea, and define your life, and who you are, through it.
Would you ever do something like that? Are there any ideas out there that would convince you to join a sect that catered to whatever said idea? It can be anything, from traditional religion based sects to spending your life watching b movies or idolizing a famous person. Would anyone ever be willing and ready to give everything up for a certain cause or belief? And why would anyone even do that, when considering that a lot of sects are just unhealthy for someone’s mind? (or so I imagine) Or don’t people figure that when joining a sect or a cult?

Humor welcome too, of course. :)

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Don’t the guys get to have sex with any girl they want?

Symbeline's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought Some, I guess. Depends what the sect represents, I suppose.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Over the years when times have been hard I have often found my self thinking about starting a sect to earn money. The basic idea was to bastardise theology regarding Jesus so I don’t have to convince people of any new ideas, and use that to raise capital.

I have never gone through with the idea or even thought/planned it that seriously, it was always more of a knee jerk reaction to being hard up.

Charles's avatar

Tax breaks? Aren’t churches simply glorified cults and sects? They get tax breaks.

YoBob's avatar

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Hmmmm…. interesting to ponder. Perhaps if my family suddenly died in a tragic freak accident and after I was done morning and ready to get on with my life, joining a sect that advocates unbridled sex between the more mature patriarchs and the younger female members of the sect in the name of “spiritual fulfillment” would be worth considering.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline Are you the High Priestess and do we get to be your sex slaves?

ragingloli's avatar

One million €. Cash. Per day.
(play along a few weeks then bail)

elbanditoroso's avatar

No sects appeal for me.

Symbeline's avatar

@Charles Actually while writing this, that came up in my mind. A sect, in many cases, are people following some bastardized form of already existing spirituality or another. But the way it’s defined, churches are only different not because they started it first, or at least made it popular, but because these days, there are no real obligations to follow. Well, I think so, anyways.

@Adirondackwannabe Yes. I also have daily pillow beatings administered on my followers.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline Here’s my checkbook and the key to my safe deposit box.
They do twist things around don’t they.

Bellatrix's avatar

I have a Hare Krishna commune next door. They have their own wood burning pizza oven….
They do great vegetarian food. Tempting…. very tempting…. but… I am not sure about the saffron coloured robes. Not really my colour. And the music is a bit repetitive and it goes on for hours (thank goodness the sound carries the other way most of the time). Anyone for a chant?

Symbeline's avatar

@Bellatrix You really have those people next door? Sounds awesome about the oven, I gotta say. :D

Bellatrix's avatar

Yes. We do. They don’t share the oven (and more importantly the pizza). They also steal the pumpkins that stray into our back yard AND my mulberries.

We could join together for a week or two @Symb… just to try out the cooking? They don’t actually wear the robes next door, or not that I’ve seen.

FutureMemory's avatar

The 72 virgins always appealed to me.

Symbeline's avatar

@Bellatrix I bet it’s awesome pizza. We could steal the pumpkins back, too. Seriously though, interesting…do they ever do anything weird?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’m a pizza whore @Bellatrix I might convert to a Hare Krishna

Symbeline's avatar

Let’s go steal their pizza.

Blackberry's avatar

Nope, I’m a rebel. :)

blueiiznh's avatar

only if the cool-aide is really good

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Sex or pizza, I’m torn and can’t decide.

Brian1946's avatar

I already belong to an asectual cult. ;-p

Bellatrix's avatar

We could organise a pizza raiding party? @Adirondackwannabe you take the rear, @Symbeline watch the front and I’ll sneak over and grab their pizza :D

Nah, they don’t do anything weird that I have noticed. Just get on with their stuff. They aren’t even too noisy. Just an occasional chanting session that comes our way.

EverRose11's avatar

Hmmmm depends, However that Pizza baking, chanting, Pumpkin stealing Hare Krishna commune sounds intriguing though…..

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Bellatrix I like the rear. Lets do it
@EverRose11 I like it.

Symbeline's avatar

Let’s do this bitch, guys.

We should start a pizza thieving sect.

Bellatrix's avatar

I’m in! They didn’t invite us to eat pizza… so we will just have to take things into our own hands!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I like it. A sect devoted to pizza. But I can’t steal. I’d have to leave a ten or twenty dollar bill each time.

Bellatrix's avatar

Rolls eyes… okay, okay… sort of takes the ‘badass’ element out though. I wanted to be able to add another example to that other thread. :D

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Bellatrix Sorry I’m a straight shooter. I can’t lie. I’ve gone back to stores when they miss an item I’ve purchased. I believe in Kharma.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Free lodging and no taxes.

Bellatrix's avatar

That’s okay @Adirondackwannabe. You can be the raiding party ‘Jimmany Cricket’ and make sure we stay ethical. It’s a good thing. All those Hare Krishna’s changing against us might bring a whole lot of bad pizza our way otherwise.

Symbeline's avatar

@Bellatrix Our sect doesn’t have to be badass, as long as we get free food!

Speaking of which, GA @SpatzieLover. :)

Bellatrix's avatar

I wanted to wear a bandana minus the weapon (we are entering a Hare Krishna zone after all).

You know?

YARNLADY's avatar

I already did. It was great while it lasted.

Symbeline's avatar

@YARNLADY Really? Want to share anymore about it?

YARNLADY's avatar

@Symbeline I was a member of a commune in Santa Barbara in the 1960’s. I was part of a group that parted ways with the founder after his views and actions became more radical.

I was a member of The Temple of Set for many years, and my husband on the board of directors.

Symbeline's avatar

@YARNLADY Whoa, I read about this before, mostly through reading about Anton LaVey. I know very little, but it’s interesting, thanks for sharing. :)

SavoirFaire's avatar

A question about the joy of sects?

No, I would never join a sect as described in the OP. The way of life in which I believe requires interaction with others, and specifically others who disagree with me. Isolating myself from the rest of the world is out of the question for that reason. It is necessarily antithetical to my deepest commitments.

Symbeline's avatar

@SavoirFaire Yeah, in my specific example, just seems it would make people go nuts. But such sects do, and have existed, so I wonder what drives people to join them. I guess it just doesn’t turn out as what is initially promised, I guess?

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Symbeline Lots of people like being told to think, and lots of people enjoy living in an echo chamber so long as what’s being said is what they already believe. While cultists may leave their family and friends behind, they also receive replacement family and friends in the form of their fellow cult members. It’s really nothing more than a more extreme version of what you see on cable news shows. When you don’t have the spirit of inquiry driving you, the blindfold of dogma can seem quite comfortable.

mazingerz88's avatar

Yeah, so I could accumulate lurve. Sheesh!

talljasperman's avatar

To get into a university with a 60% minimum average, But I came to my senses and got the hell out of that university before too much permanent financial, social, mental and academic damage was done. I learned , and still am learning, many life lessons the hard way from that experience.

Coloma's avatar

I already have a sect. The gooseswami sect of goose worship.
Anyone that comes to my micro-farm must strip, bow before the great guru gander and offer a primo, artisan 10,000 grain sacrificial loaf of bread.

If the great gooseswami is pleased with your offering you shall be allowed safe passage through the gates. lol

ninjacolin's avatar

People who join sects are people who are convinced that they should and/or don’t have a better idea about how their time should be spent.
Too simple to state?

TexasDude's avatar

@FutureMemory I never understood what was so appealing about 72 virgins. That’s an awful lot of crying and bleeding and apologizing. I’d rather have 72 experienced chicks that knew what the hell they were doing.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Any good reason at all why you might join a sect?

You’d never have to think for yourself again. How tedious it is to think!

Coloma's avatar

—-@SpatzieLover LOL…so true!—

SavoirFaire's avatar

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth—more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”
—Bertrand Russell

FutureMemory's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Oh I agree completely. I guess it’s the implication that those 72 virgins are yours for the taking that appeals to me. You are mine, virgin! Rawr.

mattbrowne's avatar

There are none.

Only138's avatar

@Symbeline Hey, after all the Sex and Pizza…do we get to drink Killer Kool Aid at the end of the day? ;) LOL

Symbeline's avatar

That guy freaks me out…he’s like this big jug of Koolaid, and his blood, the juice, is his life force. I mean, it’s inside him, and defines him, because he’s some big Koolaid guy.

Yet he runs around busting through walls going, Oooooooh yeeaaahhh, drink mah blood, man! Who does this guy think he is, like, fuckin Jesus?

elbanditoroso's avatar

It has sects appeal?

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