The intent of this series of articles is to better understand spiritual groups in their purest sense (something that’s hard for us noble-savage humans on Earth to really grasp) by comparing them to the more worldly groups that we’re all familiar with.
One way to make that comparison between worldly and other-worldly groups is to devise a formula of sorts… a set of basic qualities that can be applied to each group to see how they’re similar or how they deviate. Here’s what I’ve come up with for the comparisons, which I plan to use as subheadings in each article:
- Mission and Motivation
- Management and Direction
- Funding and Support
- Egos and Personalities
While exploring each worldly group, I’ll add a few general comments about spiritual groups as I’ve come to understand them… and then for the last article in the series I’ll explore the nature of spiritual groups in more depth and detail, with a focus on the INIT group.
This is not an easy thing to write about. First of all, human groups are complicated. It would take months, even years to analyze a typical group in depth… so I’ll have to make some generalizations and add links and references to meatier material written by other writers and researchers.
Also, people’s egos, lives, and livelihoods are all tangled up in their groups… so the subject needs to be handled delicately.
If, while reading these articles, you find something that seems crass or cruel or unfair, please let me know (by email or by comment at the end of the articles), so I can polish the series as needed. My intent is to cast light, not rotten tomatoes…
Not sure I could detach enough to write an objective article, for example, about the current Republican National Committee.
So the next article, as planned, will be about NBC’s Saturday Night Live TV show. Thoughts and memories about SNL stir up mostly warm thoughts and smiles for me and, I suspect, for many other people who enjoyed the show at some point in their lives.
Also in this series (What an ITC Group Could Learn From Other Groups)…