Sun Myung Moon was an addict. He was addicted to power and money. He acquired a great deal of both in his lifetime. The psychological elements he was able to exploit – to feed his addiction – are similar to those utilized by Hitler, Jim Jones, and leaders of Al Qaeda.
Driven by his desire to have more and more power – and more and more money, Sun Myung Moon was able to convince many people, including myself, that he was the manifestation of God and that I/we should devote our lives to him. I would have done ANYTHING for him.
The main agenda of his “church” was always to raise him up as the one and only true son of God. He held all power. Sun Myung Moon was an addict. His empire was built from the free labor of those psychologically and emotionally enslaved by the memeplex he constructed to feed his addiction.
Sun Myung Moon died a rich man. His legacy will be passed down to his youngest son. The memeplex will continue in spite of his passing.
Much will be said in these coming days as the journalists turns their focus to his life. They will talk about his money, his tax fraud and his bizarre doctrine, claiming he was the messiah. Nothing that will be said in the news, however, will change the minds of his followers. It would not have changed mine. What changed my mind – and set me free – was the understanding of HOW I was manipulated.
I am contacted almost daily by people who have been affected by Moon’s organization or some similar memeplex. Their loss of autonomy, their fear and guilt of leaving – or even questioning the doctrine – are all very similar, regardless of the leader or doctrine.
It is important NOT to point to Sun Myung Moon or Jim Jones, or Hitler or Bin Laden and simply be glad they are gone. It is also important NOT to simply point to the doctrines they professed as the culprit. We must understand how these memeplex builders were able to gain the power they did. Without understanding the psychological structure of the memeplexes these historical figures built, history will be repeated. Moon constructed invisible chains having the effect of psychological enslavement of his followers. THIS is why the “The Moonies” are important to understand.
We cannot predict the direction the next big memeplex will take, but we can know that vulnerable people, mostly young people, will be willing to give their lives for the next addict who is able to harness similar psychological components, which when combined, hold the power to control the decision making processes of its victims.
It is my goal to expose these components and in doing so lower the vulnerability of potential victims of dangerous memeplexes like the Moonies.
There was no tragedy like Jonestown, no gas chambers and no suicide bombers in Moon’s memeplex. Because of this the importance is often discounted. The reason Sun Myung Moon and the empire he built are so important is that there could have been such a tragedy. Members were equally prepared to do what he asked of them. It is the power to control the decision making processes of large numbers of people we must be concerned about.
Addiction is a relentless motivator. Not all addicts can harness the combination of psychological elements necessary to gain the power Sun Myung Moon did.
Others will succeed in the future; they may be building momentum as I write these words.
Light must be shed on the way these memeplexes work and how human vulnerability allows addicts like Moon to feed on their prey.