Cults And Its Effect On Society

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Cults have played major roles in how society has developed. They surround us everywhere. We have been in contact with them and we don’t even realize it. According to
Merriam Webster, a cult is a religious group that is not part of an accepted religion because their beliefs are seen as extreme and/or dangerous. Cults have carried out many attacks and have caused many deaths due to their beliefs.
Cult leaders are the controllers that have the reins to their followers’ minds. They can brainwash them into believing and doing whatever they desire in order to feel power. Many people have gone to great extents to harm others and even themselves. Many have killed for their devotion to their leader. How can leaders achieve such control over others? Everything that cult leaders use to manipulate all comes down to psychology. Some use fear and guilt to persuade while others brainwash them into believing that what they are doing is for the greater good and that it is all part of God’s plan. Shoko Asahara gained power over his followers in the
Aum Shinrikyo cult, which led various chemical attacks against the citizens of Japan, by exalting himself as the Messiah whose mission was to save humanity, a mission that many cult leaders have in common. Shoko Asahara was born Chizuo Matsumoto on March 2, 1955 in Yashushiro, Japan to a poor working class family. At a young age he developed glaucoma which led to his blindness in his left eye and partial in the other. After
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