Soon I was asked me to volunteer for a big cultural event known as Rock the Era, which took place in Philadelphia. It was the SGI-USA’s 50th birthday, and over 11,000 participants showed up for this youth event.
Hey there, welcome back! Read Part I to catch up my thoughts on cults, and how I came to join the SGI.
Warning #3: Time is money I’m happy to report that I was never hounded for money, which did help my cynicism. What I did find unnerving was the relentless pressure to give your time to the organization.
I came home from high school one day to find that my dad plastered Marshall Applewhite’s photocopied face all over the house. For some reason Dad was obsessed with the Heaven’s Gate cult leader; I think it had something to do with the crazy look in Applewhite’s eyes: