I Left a Cult (And So Can You!)

“I feel like I came out of a cult.”

I remember the first time I said that it was meant to be a joke. But there’s a reason a therapist spends most of their time encouraging their patient to talk. Sometimes when you’re groping for a way to explain how you feel about something, you stumble upon a breakthrough moment, changing the way you see the world around you.

Bros

Why are male friendships so difficult?

When I was a very young man, I bought the lie that men and women couldn’t be friends. In reality, I was being immature. Since that time, I’ve found friendships with women tend to be meaningful and stand the test of time. Meanwhile, the companionship I have felt with other men has proven to be wrought with strife.

Wicked and Shocking, Indeed

This film made it seem like if only this rather normal man who happened to have this shocking dark side didn’t get caught, he would have been the perfect husband and father. Of course his relationship with Liz was already strained because he cheated on her, disappeared for days, stole things and threatened to “break her fucking neck” if she told anyone, threw her into a river and then gas lighted her to make her seem like she was overreacting, grew bored of her and tried to suffocate her with CO2 gas, and was… well, Ted Bundy!