On 10/18/2014 12:38 PM, fleetwood_macnche...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:

He would then get his drugged out, sleepless zombies together, haul them out to the desert at 2 AM,

/You are incorrect - Lenz did not "haul" anyone out to the desert. After paying him $1000 for the map to the secret meeting place, Lenz would drive in his own Porsche 911 to the event - all the others were on their own. That's why it would be such a challenge - to park 200 cars in a desert parking lot designed for only twenty - now that's complicated. /

and maybe dance around, and then ask, "What did you see?" He would wait until someone volunteered that he was flying/invisible/transformed into light/godlike, and then simply agree. After this "evidence" was presented, others would agree that they had seen it too - very 'witches of Salem', only in reverse, so that those in attendance, self-deluded themselves into "seeing" all sorts of miracles, from "Zen Master Rama, The Living God". Lots of peer pressure.

Lenz was also a master at pitting his "students" against each other - This is why Barry thrives on conflict, vs. discussion. This is why he keeps tiredly bringing up these fake "supernatural" events - He can't believe, yet, that he, along with many others, was duped, exploited, and abused. Horribly abused. I can imagine Lenz making cruel fun of Barry, publicly, as he did with anyone he perceived as the slightest threat, and Barry trying to laugh about his own, open castigation and shaming, from a man he respected, and possibly loved, and then having to pony up serious cash, for another month, of doing more of the same. For years. Makes me shudder, the damage that was inflicted.

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