Leaving a cult, cult-like group, MLM, or controlling relationship of any kind ain’t easy. It’s not just seeing through to the reality of the behaviours and their impact – which itself is not simple from the inside. First there is a massive recalibration of every experience in that group or relationship: If this person I respected can be this cruel and manipulative to one person for no good reason, how do I now see all the other times they were aggressively reactive, but I believed the ‘reasons’? If they misled me about money or other promised result, what else isn’t
There’s a tendency amongst the “woke” to see themselves as having a higher level of access to truth. Especially if they retreat into a cave, a religious institution, or a clique that rejects dissenters.