See? It is literally impossible to convert a cult member by proving them wrong or pointing out a hypocrisy.

They will smile, nod, and come back with an even stronger, more extreme faith that avoids your new info.
You could show Qanon folks timestamped video of POTUS and the Cabinet sacrificing toddlers to the Devil and they'd just find a way to blame it on Democrats and then use your video to recruit.
You be got to understand that cults are BUILT to reject all outside information as evil lies.

Persecution is a basic expectation in a cult and everyone is taught to EXPECT that outsiders will try to lure them away by attacking the truth of their core beliefs.

They're ready.
Cults aren't about facts.
They're about feelings.

And that's why people are generally really bad at extracting cult members or changing cult beliefs.
Frequently the thing that keeps people bonded to a cult is the fear that if the cult WAS wrong, then they wasted time, resources, effort, may have destroyed relationships or credibility, harmed people or ruined lives

All for nothing.

And so it's easier to stick with the cult.
If you want to understand how people think and function, you must first embrace the fact that everyone is a hero in their own story and that to THEM, their journey follows a rational arc.

If you cant manage to look at the path from their perspective you'll never reach them.
If you're not the kind of person who sees it as their job to extract people from cults, then it's totally not your problem.

But this information can still help YOU avoid these patterns.

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It starts with an N and rhymes with nigger.
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Gaslighting motherfuckers.
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