TW: Physical Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Cruelty, Authoritarianism, Religious Fanaticism.
I just finished reading Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westover. Anyone who has ever lived under a cruel, dictatorial power, be it familial or government, is likely to be rocked to their core reading this. Though the scale of what I endured throughout my childhood was much milder, and some of the themes did not apply, the resonnance with the handful of themes that did left me reeling.
More than just a memoir; it is a cautionary tale of what life will be like if Q-Cult and 45’s people get their way. People wave these popular conspiracy theories off as fantasy or delusion, but they are very real. There are always multiple realities existing simultaneously, and far too many of them are created by the cruelest person in the group. These realities can be possible to escape physically, but the ties go deep. People’s lives are regularly ruined, yet they keep going back for more.