When we look around we wonder who are these imbeciles who happen to follow these babas? Its hard to believe that this unfortunate lot is one among us, who have played a critical role in making a cult out of an average person.
A nation obsessed with television viewing provides more than an ample opportunity for these divine artists to transmit their propaganda right into the drawing rooms of these gullible species.
Let’s look at few of the major reasons why we fall into the traps of these divine artists:
1) We feel inadequate and insufficient: We are conditioned to accept our inadequacy and live a life with this belief that we are insufficient. And often this belief in our insufficiency is the root cause of our suffering.
The moment our suffering becomes somewhat unbearable we lose faith in our own abilities and start looking for someone who could guide us correctly and help us in surmounting all our shortcomings. And in most cases our search ends up at the doorstep of these divine artists.
These artist rely on the victim’s need to feel special and superior. They have mastered the art of telling stories that people wish to listen and in the process make them feel fortunate and special.
They are very much aware of the foot in the door technique. These artists know very well that once someone has agreed for a reasonable commitment, they’re more likely to agree for a larger request later on. And that’s precisely what makes the victim vulnerable to exploitation in the long run.
2) We are always looking for shortcuts and quick fix, which in turn increases our vulnerability of being shortchanged:
Each one of us have this inner desire to somehow hack all the established systems. And once these artists claim to do anything of those sorts we often don’t waste time in believing whatever they want to tell us. In fact they make sure that we feel privileged to have this opportunity of their presence.
3) Despite investing so much of our time, money and energy in education, our decision making remains a big suspect:
In reality, most people’s self-perception isn’t very accurate and these artists are ever keen to take advantage of this. People become easy prey for them when they get fixated on an idealised version of who they think they are. These divine artists claim to transform you into your idealised version with minimal effort.
4) Conformity and Compliance is so ingrained in our collective psychology that we fail to suspect and question anything having a mass following.
The fact that we place great value on a good reputation ends up helping these artists. Nobody likes to be perceived as fool therefore we become extremely vulnerable when it comes to defending our own reputation. Which in turn is exploited by these men.
5) We are ready to accept things we can’t comprehend as something having mystical power.
In order to fully convince an overly optimistic victim, these divine artists create an illusion of success.
And as many people are naturally inclined to be optimistic about the future, this makes them eager to buy into these divine artist’s illusion of success.
People invariably want to believe that things are going to turn out well for them, which means they are eager to believe dubious stories that should ideally be met with skepticism.
6) Once we have invested emotionally into something we are reluctant to even acknowledge contrarian evidence.
This is another human trait often misused by divine artists.They know that even when people have an experience that contradicts their beliefs, they’ll still tend to hold on to those beliefs and ignore the experience.
In 1957, psychologist Leon Festinger developed the concept of cognitive dissonance to explain this behavior. He suggested that when our beliefs conflict with reality, it is so highly stressful that we are willing to bend reality to ensure that the two continue to match.
This is the same behavior that allows divine artists to flourish: once we decide that someone is trustworthy, we will dismiss any contrary evidence that might arise.
7) We are reluctant to accept the byproduct associated with desire, expectations and fear of sufferings:
We have this tendency to eulogize what is unknown to us; and in the process end up being slave to it.
Once we become aware of prevalent contradictions around us; our mind will start pushing the boundaries of existing mental process to venture beyond the four walls of projected perceptions.
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