The Different Views on Life between Daoism and Destructive Cult.

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TitleThe Different Views on Life between Daoism and Destructive Cult.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsZeng, W.
JournalAsian Social Science
Pagination264 - 268
Date Published2012/11//
PublisherCanadian Center of Science & Education
ISBN Number19112017
KeywordsABSTRACTS, BRAINWASHING, Conduct of life, CULTS, dao, Daoism, destructive cult, ESCHATOLOGY, Life, mind control, RELIGIOUS aspects, SUICIDAL ideation, Taoism

The meaning of life in the view of Daoism and destructive cult is absolutely different. Daoism believes that the life is invested by the dao, and the dao has the virtue to cherish life. Such notions are a truly manifestation of Daoist idea about cherishing life, and abominating death. However, destructive cults apotheosize their chief leaders and regard them as the supreme authority. The chief leaders either say they are God or that they alone can interpret the scriptures the way God intended. The extreme of the destructive cults usually emphasize eschatology and use mind control techniques to overcome the members' critical thinking abilities and free will, so as to lead many suicide and killing. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Asian Social Science is the property of Canadian Center of Science & Education and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)