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ctskapski May 28th, 2018 1:25am

The people of Villa Baviera were raised under the leadership of a Nazi Baptist Apocalypse Cult, and were not free to leave, marry, or dissent in any way. When it was dismantled in 1997, some ran far away, and some stayed. Do you identify more with...

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Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
05/27/18 6:53 pm

I *think* I'd run but everyone can be so indoctrinated, especially when not knowing anything else, that they find safety in the status quo.

ctskapski x
05/27/18 6:59 pm

To clarify, by runners and stayers I mean people who ran or stayed AFTER the cult was dismantled.
The cult would no longer be the status quo for either group.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
05/27/18 7:10 pm

Yes but those who stay are still a group; the people, environment, mindset are familiar.

ctskapski x
05/27/18 6:29 pm

Those who ran escaped, simply enough, they wanted normal lives and they sought them as far away as they could manage.

Those who stayed also wanted normal lives, having been raised in a culture of constant oppression, but only knew this place.
It became a sort of tourist destination where people could learn about the horrors under which they lived, and the place was founded. They live somewhat normally, though, and they are the ones who run the tours, the restaurant, etc.
They do this to let people know what happened, so that it can be known how it was allowed to happen, and in the hopes that it won't happen again.
They also do this so that people might not vilify them as people who were a part of the cult, since there was little choice, and they want to be seen as normal people who were in a horrible position, rather than horrible people.