The REVEAL Library: ICC Retards Emotional & Intellectual Growth

Subject:      ICC Retards Emotional & Intellectual Growth
Date:         1996/12/08
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I read this in a Time magazine article today, and although it deals with smoking pot, I think the idea can be applied to membership in the ICC:

"When people are stoned on marijuana, they tend to focus on one thing at a time: the food, the music, the dog. Conversation deteriorates. More important, says Steve Sussman, a drug-abuse researcher and associate professor at USC, ==>`you don't learn how to experience life in real terms, to feel bad normally. Let's say you smoked marijuana heavily from age 16 to 26, then stopped. The way you process life events emotionally after that may be more like a 16-year-old.'" <==

Think about it: in the ICC, you are told what to think, what to feel, what to do, what to say, and what to believe. Now think abou the fact that most of their converts are 18 - 22 years old -- the years when you normally make the transition into independent adulthood. The ICC cuts that process short, and leaves you emotionally immature and dependent.

For a long time I felt like I lost eight years of my life in the ICC -- like when I came out, I was still stuck at 18, the age I was when I joined. This Time article helps me understand why. Anyone else relate to this?

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