How Easy Is It To Fall Prey To A Cult? An Expert Explains The Terrifying Hivemind Behind ‘Far Cry 5’

Fringe cults with radical ideas have permeated society throughout history. In the upcoming Ubisoft game Far Cry 5, a fanatical doomsday cult not only infiltrates a small town but they take over Hope County, Montana with various forms of persuasion. Far Cry 5 is a video game, but the danger of cult radicalization IRL is very real.

Ubisoft consulted with cult expert Rick Alan Ross to make the fanatical doomsday cult in Far Cry 5 all too real.

In the video above, we spotlighted some of the infamous cults that have caused fear, violence, mayhem, and death. For example, religious cult leader David Koresh, who was able to brainwash nearly 100 people to follow him and that would be a deadly mistake. Koresh’s cult finally came to a bloody end on April 19, 1993, when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms attempted to siege the cult’s compound in Waco, Texas. The siege included a two-hour firefight in which four ATF agents were killed and 16 wounded as well as the compound burning down. Koresh and 82 of his Branch Davidians cult members were killed in the ATF siege.

In Far Cry 5, the doomsday cult is called The Project at Eden’s Gate and is led by Joseph Seed, who is known as “The Father.” The cult utilizes persuasion, intimidation, humiliation, and violence which are the same tactics used by infamous cult leaders such as Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and Marshall Herff Applewhite of the Heaven’s Gate cult. Cult researcher Teddy Hose points out that there an estimated 5,000 cults in the United States. He notes that there are three main reasons why people fall prey to cults: instability in the world, financial instability, and overall charisma of a cult leader.

The scary part is how intelligent people can be duped into joining a cult. In these divisive and confusing times, could you fall prey too?

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