Cult, culture and cultivate all share the same origin of “cultus” meaning grow but one is not like the others.
How did cult come to be? It is scary to know that cult and culture are cousins.
And who is to say that the culture we follow isn’t full of cult-ish tendencies?
We seek leaders. Our bodies and minds want answers and wouldn’t it be easier if someone has already cultivated those answers for us? This is not due to laziness. This is due to a culture where we have become accustomed to signing away our autonomy.
How do we cultivate a new culture? It starts with us. It starts with identifying those cult-ish tendencies to follow blindly, recognizing the leaders that capitalize on it and re-learning ways to live.