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dirty numb angel boy [19.50.22 41 2003]

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ephidryn Feb 11, 2003 23:36 Read 173 times, Dig?
"oh, and landmark is a religion.

It's just clipped and pruned to look like it isn't. Most of the major elements are there, sermons, ritual, community, high pressure evangalism, collection plates. I'll even venture to say the good elements of religion are even there, support group, social interraction...

Landmark is religion with a marketing department, and their product is marketed to you, a new-age, young, successful, disillusioned, gen-Xer who's looking for meaning in life but hates organized religion because of their historical impurities, mythical figures, unscientific creationism theories, hypocracy, and zealotry.

so...
remove the holy book (because you can't give this stuff away, you've gotta make some mon-ay), the god symbol (we're not talking about god, too controvercial, cuts out our audience), and the saint symbol (a leader is a weakness that can be exploited), retain the charasmatic preacher and the strict adherance to social convention.

Now throw together some philosophies and make them feel like they're finding out the secret to life and they'll keep on coming back for more. When they don't call them inscesantly. It's like telemarketing."
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Comments from other users:

  • "yes shit's wrong with religion! where do i start? and that doesn't sound like a breakthrough to me, cow" - strungout
  • "ever heard of scientology? it's great." - Schlagzeug
  • "One.) You probably just don't know the Baby Boomers that take it. Two.) They aren't 'actually' finding the secret to life? Three.) Is there anything wrong with religion?" - infectus
  • "Interesting.." - squid
  • "I also have a way to find real change in your life. Interested?" - El'ahrairah
  • "AMEN" - HALLOWS
  • "And my comment to this (as this was part of a long conversation) was: It doesn't mean anything if or if not Landmark is a religion, and it doesn't mean anything that someone calls it that. A breakthrough." - The Flaming Cow
  • "Zen saying "Ever day more and more people are leaving church and going back to god."" - silverstone
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