First off – i’m an atheist and i hate cults. Cult defined in a very limited term, for while i think religion is irrational i acknowledge the civic benefits it can provide.
Second – i’m not too keen on totalitarian/authoritarian government either.
Enter this problem. Falun Dafa, a QiGong practitioner group founded on the millenarist philosopical principles of Li Hongzhi. For all intents and purposes – a pseudo-scientific mystical cult.
On the otherside, the Chinese government, a model of authoritarianism that persecutes whatever group it wishes.
Question for you all:
If you had to choose (emphasis the had, no cop-out neutral statements) – Where would your sympathies lie?
The irrational cult or the monolithic government entity?
I promote freedom of thought.
I would much rather live in a world where differences are respected, and individuality is encouraged.
The opposite view – to try to get everyone to conform to ONE way of thinking is just too frightening to contemplate!
People have sought the eternal and truth since time immemorial. Why try to crush that out of people now?