I'll be candid, too. I am pretty biased in favor of not just Scn but toward cults and culties in general. My initial reaction whenever I read any story about any culties anywhere is to want to defend the culties. IMHO, they're just trying to find a better way. Then again, I feel that way about adherents of elder religions, as well. So I'm an idealist about that and that's going to seem skewed to some people. I just wanted to share this with you as I'd rather be honest even if it's about something that may be controversial or a minority view. (or- gulp!- incorrect!)
Not that my opinion matters, but to simplify things down I look at it like childhood swimming lessons.
By just being here means that people have acknowledged that the water is there.... some might want to just put a toe in the water, others might want to just plunge right in off the diving board.
Some people might want to still play around in the shallow end of the pool with their floaties on, pretending that they know how to swim but are just fooling themselves, and that's fine too.
But believe me, the water is much more refreshing out here in the deep end, because when you're comfortable in the deep end, you aren't afraid to swim anywhere in the pool....and that is total freedom.