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Cults: Generally Bad. A Cult-Like Following Though? Worth Closer Examination

Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.”

Which naturally draws a direct beeline to the question, what is a cult? I mean, it’s just a word, and words are just letters close together that spell something. I think we can all agree at the minimum…there are worse four letter words that start with the letter C in the English language.

Yes, he’s a Shakespeare, but not the same guy who wrote about the flowers smelling good.

Recently, me and Mrs. Encyclopedia watched the Netflix doc. Wild Wild Country. And let me tell you, as everybody’s favorite play-by-play guy; Jake Marsh would say, it was in fact, wild.

From the morbid meditation rituals, to the institution of a heavily armed militia, oh, and the whole chemical warfare thing…spoiler alert, this one doesn’t end well.

But, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The community members wore these cool reddish-orange robes, a lot like what this internet sensation guy Jake Paul has his people doing.

On top of that, both Jake Paul, and the “Bhagwan” are huge Rolls Royce guys. Which again, I think we can unequivocally say are awesome cars.

If Bhagwan was alive and had an Instagram, you gotta wonder…would he have over 17 million followers?

It’s not all about followers though. To be a charismatic leader you need people to buy what you’re selling…even if what you’re selling is a pipe dream. Take a look at the guy who created Fyre Fest. He offered the world, people bought it, and were given some whole wheat bread with sliced cheese.

Not sure this one even meets the free-reduced lunch nutritional standards…hello darkness, my old friend.

Fyre Fest has become synonymous with the fabrication of a paradise that doesn’t exist…Kinda like what this guy’s doing in LA right now.

Every guy should strive to reach a level of success that requires you to have a hold-back guy.

Sean McVay has the most Fyre Fest energy out of any coach in the NFL. For starters, he’s got a hold-back guy. This guy’s sole purpose is to look like him, dress like him, and save him from 15 yard penalties.

Having authoritarian control over his staff is one thing, but McVay has proven that the salary cap, and draft picks aren’t real. The Rams don’t have a first round pick until 2024, and continually manage to evade salary cap issues. In any other instance this would be labeled as classic cult behavior, mortgaging the future for the here and now.

I’m not saying it, but one could deduce, McVay is committing Football Fraud.

Being able to call on a large flock of people that’d back you come hell or high water doesn’t sound half bad. But whether we’re talking social groups, or 53-man roster construction…these movements usually end abruptly.

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