Thursday, March 14, 2013

Going Clear

The dogma of the group is promoted as scientifically incontestable - in fact, truer than anything any human being has ever experienced. Resistance is not just immoral; it is illogical and unscientific. In order to support this notion, language is constricted by what Lifton calls the "thought-terminating cliche." "The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly-reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily express," he writes. "These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis." 
...the person expressing doubts about the church is steered into thinking about his own faults that led him to question... in the first place. 
 - Going Clear (pp. 144-145)
There is no shortage of dogma in the strength and fitness industry. Some groups and their members border on fanaticism. Be wary when someone tries to tell you that one training methodology or exercise or tool or supplement or diet is THE ONLY ANSWER YOU NEED to every question...

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