Humans, hopefully, ponder long and hard on the dissension woven within the lives we lead. We require change to overcome the nostalgic half-truths associated with memory or miasmal triggers in the forefront of our mind’s eye–possibly, blocking the foresight of present and future affairs. Other people, of course, can spark these feelings; but what motivates an “abuser” to put someone in their game? Why use such universal faults to their advantage? Why manipulate a person’s life? There may be many reasons, though they’re certainly related to our inherent love of attention.
Without love and affection, our lives would revert to basic survival, full of monotonous slush and unadulterated anthropophobia. Violence, resentment, envy, jealousy, and confusion would all become daily torrid mazes that we’d fight exponentially, until reaching extreme endangerment and estrangement. We vanquish such possibilities by loving others and creating and maintaining mutual, positive tidings from being generally, socially acceptable, courteous and grateful human beings. And these tribulations are exclusive to our kind. We are emotionally unstable creatures with the ability to cognitively scrutinize and solve problems–not just from evolutionarily developed instincts, but also because of our capacity to do it at any given time. Our development depends on the amount of experience and “truths” we individually discover, contrary to other animals that collectively learn to survive.
Humans aren’t inherently a “hive-minded” species, though some would argue that we’re capable of becoming so. Most of us accept that our basic understanding, at a young age, comes directly from those who raise us; their opinions, notions, voices, and vices can all be absorbed subliminally. It takes a few years for us to ask questions and challenge our beliefs—if at all. Over time, a person may feel the constraints of their learned ideology. One’s intrinsic belief that an outsider may have all of the answers is common in young people. The new experiences create fear and excitement, along with the ambivalent lust for knowledge, like that of a child having completely read their first book on their own. But how long would it take for the purity to wear away? Who’s carnal or sinister desires would drag you back to reality and carve your path as a ronin animal once more? Surely it doesn’t take over 5 years for someone’s ulterior motives to shine through their “teachings.” Does it?
Jim Baker lived a thousand lives before his second coming as “Father Yod” (Pronounced: Y-ode). And, in becoming the otherworldly figure, he influenced more than one- hundred-and-forty malleable minds, previously convinced that the Earth denied them but one. He gave these wayward souls a reason to bask in the sun. He provided them with a responsive and coddling household. The Source Family is an equitable and mind-numbing documentary that poses complicated questions by covering the short and convoluted history of Jim Baker’s carefully designed “cult” family, The Source. Directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulous, much of the content used in the project comes directly from the “group’s extensive film and audio archive“ accumulated and maintained by associate producer, Isis Aquarian; the Source Family‘s official documentarian and one of Yod‘s 13 wives. Read the rest of this entry →