To Blog About Jim Jones, Or Not … That Is the Question

It is the 30th anniversary of the infamous Jonestown massacre. On November 18, 1978, 918 people died in a religious centered community in Guyana. When I was younger the incident shocked me. It seemed like a freak event.

Honestly, I can’t really say that I’m really all that shocked at the Jonestown incident anymore. It doesn’t seem like any sort of mind control or freak cult attitude. After all, the communities biggest leap of faith in following Jim Jones to their death had already been taken well before they even met him. They believed that any death they would meet would only be a temporary one and that they would wake up rewarded in paradise. All Jim Jones had to do was to instill a bit of paranoia into the equation. And I see plenty of that in churches now.

Face it, anyone that can turn off their mind and never question anything that’s said to them in church or on the street is one step away from drinking the Flavor Aid. The only thing keeping it from happening more often is that most preachers aren’t that charismatic and most people are too lazy to to move to Guyana.

Best band name inspired by the event: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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