|L. Ron Hubbard|
Apart from its use in the sense of ‘a popular fashion especially followed by a specific section of society’ or ‘a person or thing popularised in this way,’ the traditional definition of the English noun, cult (Latin cultus worship), has been ‘a system of religious worship (Latin religiosus obligation, bondage) especially as expressed in ritual,’ or ‘devotion or homage to a person or thing.’ However, the word is now also used as shorthand for what is more accurately described as a pernicious cult. This evolving, criminogenic phenomenon can be briefly described as:
any self-perpetuating, non-rational/esoteric, ritual belief system established or perverted for the clandestine purpose of human exploitation.
Such groups are identified by the following, essential characteristics :
2). Self-appointed sovereign leadership. Pernicious cults are instigated and ruled by psychologically dominant individuals, and/or bodies of psychologically dominant individuals (often with impressive, made-up names, and/or ranks, and/or titles), who hold themselves accountable to no one. These individuals have severe and inflexible Narcissistic Personalities (i.e. they suffer from a chronic psychological disorder, especially when resulting in a grandiose sense of self-importance/ righteousness and the compulsion to take advantage of others and to control others’ views of, and behaviour towards, them).* They steadfastly pretend moral and intellectual authority whilst pursuing various, hidden, criminal objectives (fraudulent, and/or sexual, and/or violent, etc.). The admiration of their adherents only serves to confirm, and magnify, the leaders’ strong sense of self-entitlement and fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, ideal love, etc.
The majority of media reports cite Tom Cruise's unquestioning devotion to 'Scientology' as being the underlying cause of his latest divorce. However, a lot of well-informed observers (particularly, former 'Scientologists') had seen this unhappy-ending as being inevitable.
It now seems that Katie Holmes has decided that she doesn't want her six year old daughter to follow in her father's tragicomic footsteps, and be brainwashed into living her life intellectually-castrated by the exploitative, paranoid group-delusion that all human beings are secretly infested with, and enslaved by, invisible, evil extra-terrestrials which only 'Scientology/Dianetics Study Technology' can enable us to identify and 'clear from planet Earth' (for a price).