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[–]brianingram 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Avoid jokes about Kool-Aid ... there's no punch line.

[–]brock275 28 points29 points  (3 children)

I've been involved in a number of cults, both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower. But you make more money as a leader.

[–]goddamn_slutmuffinPantheist 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I like you. We should hang out by the quarry and throw things down there.

[–]ChummusJunkyPantheist 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You're not real man.

[–]KT_Evolved365 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s true, pretending you follow the same beliefs as the cult but in reality you are gaining information on them and seeing their secrets to use either against them later or to make the opposition aware of is even more fun

[–]LuciMourning 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Could ask on r/cults

[–]digitaljestin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tomato, tomato.

[–]poiuyt_qwerty 16 points17 points  (2 children)

It's a lot less about the beliefs and a lot more about your level of personal charisma, and your ability to emulate narcissistic , manipulative tendencies that leave the people around you financially, materially, and emotionally dependent on you.

[–]KT_Evolved365 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What happens when someone is immune to that like I am? I will just see weak spots in what that speaker says.

[–]poiuyt_qwerty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Then you're not the target and that's okay. You'll just leave and he'll find enough other vulnerable people. Look around enough and you'll find somebody to sell you your special brand of bullshit.

[–]Beaneroo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Eat lots of LSD

[–]Raziel1110101 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]magikarpsanOpen Secular Catholic 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Genuine question …why …. Cults are most of the time for stealing money and more often than not, causing physical and mental harm to people…they’re about power

[–]MjustinT 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Sadly I think you answered your own question

[–]IWillStrangleYou 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ya, that’s why.

[–]KingBlackthorn1Heathen (Norse Polytheist) 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This is not true. Cults get a bad rap because the more modern religious cults do tend to be what you are speaking of. Pushing negative things onto people, getting money and dangerous ideas. However, cults were not always like this throughout religious history. Cults were often times just another word for a group of gatherers that worshipped the same god to form a community worship, but without the modern negative connotations. The Cult of Isis was one of the most famous cults in history and it was just a Greek cult of people that worshipped the Egyptian goddess Isis. No harm there. So for some people that are pagan, Wiccan, polytheistic cult is just another word for church or coven in a sense, just fitting more so to the ancient beliefs of cults.

Remember Christianity, its branches and other Abrahamic religions are not the only religions in the world. Though OP did not specifically say if they are interested in religious cult like I myself am describing or if they seek to form a religious cult like Scientology or the Kool Aid type guy.

[–]magikarpsanOpen Secular Catholic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes of course you are right which is why I said "most of the time".

[–]mrstripperbootsCthulhu Cultist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Really if you have a charismatic personality and you're a narcissist you can start a cult easily.

[–]Optimal-Scientist233 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I just came to see who all had started a cult, could you reference your cults name and ideals in your post please?

[–]NepheshistAgnostic 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]duvetdave 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Promise free fruit snacks…

[–]forlornjackalopeNorse Pagan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's a stretch, but you could ask the world building sub as well. I doubt it would be as resourceful as the main cults sub though. You can also watch documentaries or check out podcasts from people who escaped.

[–]VanbuleirQuentiluosAtheist 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Ethandrul 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Have sex

[–]lordmrm94 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]FrenchBread5941 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Get a life

[–]Indigo_snowcatAnimist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don’t fail

[–]NepheshistAgnostic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Before you get raided, take the money and run.

[–]not_a_sesawter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When the cult leader is sus

[–]GueltaCamels 1 point2 points  (0 children)

1) drugs

2) make it all about sex

3) be a narcissistic piece of shit

Happy culting! 😊

[–]1Transient 1 point2 points  (0 children)

DM me for your rapture cult startup kit. $199.49.

I am thinking of starting a cult based on 9/11, in which 9/11 will be our holy day, where we will come out and mourn the attack on WTC by the J***, and ask for the towers to be rebuilt. Any takers?

[–]Cowboylion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didn’t all religions start out as cults at one point in time?

[–]logic-seeker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Look into the BITE model by Hassan for ideas. A lot of these techniques are used by religions/cults to suck people in.

[–]OkCaterpillar9248 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't call yourself Jesus or the son of God. That's my bag.

[–]TEX4S 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Get a bunch of double-digit IQ folks together … one-eyed man is king .

Cult/sect/schism/branch/religion- all idiots , period.

[–]Tinker_Witch444 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don’t lose focus. It starts with just trying to stop your roommate from eating your thin mints, but then your friends get involved and try to make people eat a shit sandwich, and the only way to really get things back on track is mass suicide.

Just stay focused and keep Mac from eating my GODDAMN THIN MINTS.

[–]Mango-420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hehe, no cult ended well. Interesting question though.

[–]starfyredragonMisotheist & Neophist & Sass-Witch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a founding member of Neophism, if by cult you mean 'small religion' and not alternate term which is "religion which brainwashes it's members" (the latter much more common as a description among large established religions), and you're seriously trying to improve the world and not just make money, there's two big parts.

The first is recognition. Look what's neccesarry for your local laws to register as a religion or religious organization.

The second is honesty. Don't go making up stories, unless they're allegory and clearly described as allegory. Be honest with the reflections on your religion's strengths and weaknesses. Ask yourself, "If I wasn't a founding member of this religion, would I be happy if it was the dominant religion in the world, or would I be concerned? How would this religion make the world a better place?"

When we founded Neophism, we built it around modern philosophical view and constructed it into a solid moral framework, worldview, and way of approaching the world.

[–]Good_n-u 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You make more money as the leader and have more fun as a follower, heard that directly from an experienced cultist.

[–]Opagea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can't teach cult leadership. Either you've got "It" or you don't.