But, actually his ability to control others was and is a familiar story. His only become infamous because of the horrific crimes he required of his followers. And after he dies there will those as evil as he was to take his place destroying lives.
The tamer versions of Charles Masons happen all the time. A lover, professor, mentor, sibling, parent, boss, best friend, or celebrity sizes us up as missing a piece - or more. Then, they custom-make the tactic to take us over.
Fortunately, most of us manage to get away - eventually. We grow up and out of the yearning for supposed absolute truths. Recently, I shook off what I hope will the last of my Masons.
That came in the form of a overbearing woman. Why I couldn't connect the dots earlier was that she had myriad friends. I suppressed the memory of a party she gave. The guests were all losers. Of course, I was one of them, at the time.
Actually, as we age, I realized, we only need a handful of close friends. So much of what we used to have to sort out via friends we have the experience to figure out ourselves.
Should we who "got away" before we allowed the Mason figure or figures to ruin our lives have compassion for his "girls?"
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