I was listening to an interview on public radio of Chris Owens,formerly of the band,Girls.
Anyway,they touched on briefly how he was raised in the Children of God cult. He mentioned how isolated he felt,and when he left at 16,he accepted the fact that he would lose communication with his mother. Since that is the way of groups like that. But,a year later his mother left the group too.
And I found it interesting,that he said it still effects his world view being raised in such a group.
I just found it so interesting how there are so many common denominators,no matter how different the groups are,isolation,cutting off ex-members etc. He compared it to living in North Korea.
This is kind of what got me to accept that the Witnesses were actually a cult. I was reading Steve Hassan's experience in the group he was in. And it sounded all so familar to me,it was scary.
Even when I was in,it bothered me on how much like a cult the organization operated. But,I put it out of my mind,feeling we were the exception,not the rule. It has taken me some time to use the term and applying it the organization. It was just difficult to wrap my head around it. I think too,many people still think of a cult like the group Children of God,a bunch of hippies living in a commune,etc.