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"Always look on the bright side of life." - Monty Python

How is is possible to find bright sides to cults and sects and even gain from them? Has it happened that people have benefitted from such settings or in-groups through history? Yes, many cult leaders have, at least on this side of the veil. Whistle-blowers may have benefitted in secret, too, but let us sing along if we are able to:

Some sects are bad
They can really make you mad
Other sects just make you swear.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle . . .

And always look on the grace flowing from whistle-blowing . . .

If the faking sect seems jolly rotten
And members have forgotten
To laugh and smile and dance and sing.

Always look on the bright side of life . . .
(If you can)

And death's no final word
Enjoy it repeatedly if you can.

Always look on the bright side of death
(And the helpful teachings of karma-and-reincarnation)

Always be on the right side of life . . .
(Come on guys, cheer up!)
Go for the bright side of life . . .

Much depends on how sad you have got, and which cult you are in, for all cults or sects are not alike. And much depends on what sort of conditions you are allotted in the large society as well, for all conditions and society niches are not alike. You could find "there is more room at the top", less restrictrions in odd sorts of ways too.

It is far from enough to develop an optimistic attitude, although careful optimism can help health and longer life. If you leaf through the literature, you may find these things and other helpful points too.

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Cult gains, sect benefits, LITERATURE  

Agar, Nicholas. The Sceptical Optimist: Why Technology Isn't the Answer to Everything. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Inman, Nick. The Optimist's Handbook: Facts, Figures and Arguments to Silence Cynics, Doom-mongers and Defeatists. Petersfield, Hampshire: Harriman House, 2007.

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