The tendency to forget that mere enthusiastic association with an object, an idea, a person, or whatever, is basically a superficial state of mind. If it persists beyond its appropriate term, it becomes an expression of either childish or adolescent neurosis. This can come to characterize the behaviour of groups and societies which then tend to express all kinds of irrational dependencies and equally irrational needs for ambivalent independence.
What makes Odinists dangerous is the fact that many believe in the necessity of becoming martyrs for their cause. Odinism has little to do with Christian Identity but there is one key similarity: Odinism provides dualism -- as does Christian Identity -- with regard to the universe being made up of worlds of light (white people) and worlds of dark (non-white people). The most fundamental difference between the two ideologies is that Odinists do not believe in Jesus Christ.
Cultism characterizes the present situation of the world. Everyone is clinging to the externals of human existence. The popular religious, scientific, political, and other cultural and social phenomena all tend to be immature, aberrant, exclusivistic, and bereft of any higher wisdom or sense of evolutionary and spiritual acculturation.
The term 'cult' means any system of externals (such as beliefs, rites, and ceremonies) related to the worship of a deity, or any deified object, person, place or event. Therefore all formally organized exoteric religious institutions or communities are cults. Cults are at the roots of all human cultures.
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