July 7, 2019:

Where control can take so many forms.

Conformity to arbitrary rules. Cult behaviors. Emotional extortion, manipulation, browbeating, tantrums, demands. Insults, flattery, sex. Subsumed and encapsulated inside a false facade of expertise, a playacting at knowledge, whether of sex or psychology or Gnosticism or ritual. A fraudulent sophistication so shallow it breaks immediately under the slightest stress.