Young children’s unconscious acceptance of ‘Santa Claus’ as total reality, stems from a fictitious scenario reflected as fact by the traditional culture in which they live. Up to a certain age, children are not equipped to challenge the model of reality offered to them by authoritarian figures within their family groups; particularly, their parents. Therefore, once children have been converted to a self-gratifying, non-rational belief in ‘Santa,’ the truth (that they are actually being deceived by the people whom they instinctively trust and follow) is unthinkable. The scenario can then be expanded to modify children’s behaviour — ‘Santa’ has magical powers… he can see and hear everything they do at all times… he will reward them for unquestioning belief and punish them for dissent. Only when they attain the necessary level of intellectual/psychological development, can children begin to use their critical and evaluative faculties and come to realise that ‘Santa’ is merely a game of make believe. If you think about it, what I’ve just described is the most elementary form of self-perpetuating, non-rational/esoteric, ritual belief system - perfectly tailored to fit infantile minds, and reliant on the maintenance of an absolute monopoly of information presented using a constant repetition of reality-inverting key words and images combined with pseudo-scientific mystification and closed-logic.
When analysed with the same level of intellectual rigour, many of the basic procedures and conditions required to establish cultic groups turn out not to be a mystery at all. They are revealed as only more-sophisticated versions of those which also propagate the benign ‘Santa’ deception. As such, they are frighteningly easy to replicate. However, the instigators of cults are anything but benign and, interestingly, many of their most-deluded subjects and convincing apologists turn out to be well-educated adults who have simply become incapable of facing the ego-destroying reality that they’ve been fooled by what is merely a game of make believe. No sane person would ever suggest trying to ban ‘Santa,’ and everyone lies to their children at some time to modify their behaviour, but consider the variety of destructive behaviour that an authoritarian adult (with hidden criminal objectives) could get dependent children to follow by exploiting their unconscious acceptance of the same imaginary, but nonetheless emotionally and intellectually overwhelming, narrative as total reality. The unpalatable truth is that, just by perverting the closed-logic rules of the game, anything - from theft by proxy to sexual, and/or violent, abuse - becomes possible.
In the 'Bible,' a story is told of how: Jesus (a benign superhuman being, half man and half God) created matter from nothing, feeding 5000 believers with only enough food for a family picnic; and how: many baskets of left-overs were gathered after the event.
However, in the 'Biblical' story of culinary 'creationism,' all Jesus asks his diners for in return, is total belief. Even in its benign, original form, to rational thinkers, this closed-logic, non-rational story is merely fiction presented as fact; for according to the laws of physics, a finite quantity of matter cannot be infinite. However, in the USA, the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to believe almost anything, provided it is labelled 'religion.' Unfortunately, without an accurate deconstructed explanation in law of what is actually meant by the ethnocentric word, 'religion,' the US Constitution can easily be a used as a license to commit serious criminal acts, and then silence victims by using closed-logic to blame them and load them with guilt.
Obviously, the authors of the US Constitution never imagined that, one day, gangs of sanctimonious charlatans, steadfastly pretending moral and intellectual authority, might register labyrinths of corporate structures which would then peddle an endless-chain of tens of millions of hungry people infinite shares of their own finite money, presented as 'the opportunity' to earn sufficient income to feed themselves for the rest of their lives, but, at the same time, convince them that destitution and starvation was entirely their own fault, because they didn't believe totally.
Once this is understood, it is not difficult to see how 'MLM income opportunity' cultism can be described as 'economic creationism,' but then, all Ponzi schemes or closed-market swindles are based on propagating the absurd, but nonetheless pernicious, non-rational belief that a finite quantity of money can be infinite. I have previously described criminals like Charles Ponzi, Bernie Madoff and Reed Slatkin as economic 'Alchemists,' but economic 'creationists,' is equally appropriate.
Sadly, what many casual observers of cultism still refuse to comprehend is that core-cult adherents' total belief is quite genuine, but the essentially-identical self-gratifying scenarios they totally believe in, are wholly-imaginary, always exploitative and sometimes deadly. Core-cult adherents have been intellectually castrated, in that their critical and evaluative faculties do not function. Whilst they remain under the malign influence of their groups, core-cult adherents' minds systematically categorize, condemn and exclude as unenlightened, negative, impure, absolutely evil, etc., all free-thinking individuals and any quantifiable evidence challenging the authenticity of their imaginary scenarios of control.
|'Van Andel Creation Research Center,' Arizona|
Ironically, in 1991, 500 thousands dollars stolen by economic 'creationists' was used to create a project known as the 'Creation Research Society Van Andel Creation Research Center' ('CRSVACRC') located in the vicinity of Chino Valley, Arizona http://www.creationresearch.org/vacrc/vacrc.html . By 2012, the amount that this project had received from the Van Andel clan, totalled several millions dollars.
David Brear (copyright 2012)