Blog: Come on In, the Sand is Fine! - 2014-07-17
One of the most deadly things that a cult or mass movement does is convince its members to self-censor their thoughts and information. By this I mean they get an individual into a frame of mind where they feel that certain information is somehow dangerous to them. They must not think outside the box, so to speak.
From the outside, we can identify many problems with someone who is in this frame of mind, such as thinking that they must be insecure in their beliefs or live a life of fearful doubt, not wanting any small sliver of truth to wedge its way into their foundation of carefully constructed, cherry picked ideas which create their world view. While such value judgments may or may not be true, they don't particularly help in dealing with such a person, since unfortunately they are the last ones who are going to listen to such judgments.
No, they know they are right, and there is no certainty like the certainty of the fundamentalist.