The following BBC report fails to make it clear that the US-based organisation known as 'Avatar' (ostensibly instigated by an ex-'Scientology' under-boss, Harry Palmer) has been the deceptive title for a 'Long Con' - an insidious form of fraud maliciously designed to exploit victims' existing beliefs and instinctual desires and make them falsely-believe that they are exercising a completely free-choice. 'Long Cons' comprise an enticing structured-scenario of control acted out as reality over an extended period.
Like theatrical plays, 'Long Cons' are written, directed and produced. They involve leading players and supporting players as well as props, sets, extras, costumes, script, etc. The hidden objective of 'Long Cons' is to convince unwary persons that fiction is fact and fact is fiction, progressively cutting them off from external reality. In this way, victims begin unconsciously to play along with the controlling-scenario and (in the false-expectation of future reward) large sums of money or valuables can be stolen from them. Classically, the victims of 'Long Cons' can become deluded to such an extent that they will abandon their education, jobs, careers, etc., empty their bank accounts, and/or beg, steal, borrow from friends, family members, etc.
Despite the fact that the BBC journalist, Anna Holligan, has opted to use the word, 'sect,' the organisation known as 'Avatar' has exhibited 'The Universal Identifying Characteristics of a Cult.'
In the English language, the word, 'sect,' means a dissenting religious, or political, or philosophical, group that has split off from a larger established religious, or political, or philosophical, movement. In several European languages, the word, 'sect' (and various spellings of it), is used in the same way that 'cult' is commonly-used in English. Therefore, I hope that Anna Holligan has merely been influenced in her choice of words by Dutch media reports.
Readers should be aware that the 'Avatar' cultic racket is a copy-cat of the 'Scientology' cultic racket, but both of these pernicious games of make-believe are neither original nor unique and, consequently, they cannot be fully-understood in isolation.
David Brear (copyright 2018)