Letter III

Dear Slugmulch,

I should not even be writing you this letter because clearly you have not been reading what I've sent to you thus far. I specifically said don't let your patient engage with others, yet now you tell me that he has joined a "community group." Is this not exactly what I warned you against? These "community groups," "life groups," "small groups," and whatever other trivial names they have for their foolish groups are not what we want our patients to be a part of. I thought that much was apparent in my last letter, but clearly you are much further behind in your practices than I was made aware, so I will do my best to write in a way that penetrates even a black skull as thick as yours. Below are practices on how to negate the effectiveness of groups. Obviously, you should not have allowed him to join a group in the first place and the fact that this advice is even necessary is baffling, but I will write to you in plain language as if speaking to an imbecile, which you may indeed be.

First of all, you should never let your patient interact with other patients that are devoted to the enemy. Yes, you have failed here, but that does not negate the importance of our prevention of humans' joint efforts to live their lives together. I already wrote this in my last letter, but I will repeat it here; there is nothing more powerful than a united force, whether that force be for good or evil. Why do you think I am writing to you? Our Father knows we must work together to accomplish our goals, and you will see that the humans most devoted to our enemy are all too aware of their need for each other. Isolation is key to maintaining our control. As a tempter, you must know that humans are at their weakest when they are alone. Keeping your patient isolated from others will almost guarantee your success. However, if you cannot keep him isolated, at least surround him with other patients that are within our control. You have failed in both of these areas, but I am very good at what I do and will show you ways you can get out of this mess. 

One of the easiest ways to counteract these human groups is inconsistency. Get together with the tempters of the other humans in the group and work to exaggerate how busy each member of the group is. Trick them into believing that they have a lot going on and convince them that meeting together is not a high priority. The effectiveness of any single group is completely dependent on their time spent together. Keep them away from each other, and you have nothing to fear. If the group has more people, it is easy to manipulate their schedules to where they cannot properly agree on a time when they can all meet. You will run into trouble when your patient is in a group that regularly meets on Thursday nights, but if they are constantly scrambling to pick a new time and a new place each week, they will pose little threat to our work.

If your patient's group does manage to get everyone together in one place, there are several measures to negate the effectiveness of their meetings. First, have your patient, or another patient in the group, impose a time limit on each meeting. If ten of them only meet for an hour or less, they will not have time to do much serious conversing and you will have avoided most trouble. Second, keep them talking about trivial things for as long as possible, especially after imposing an all too small time frame. Every minute wasted is a piece of their souls we get to keep. Your male patient will naturally talk about sports, and seeing as conversations about sports almost never transition into conversations regarding the enemy, it is best to keep them talking about sports for as long as possible. Use their short attention spans to your advantage and keep their conversation focused on themselves, sports, politics, current events, pop culture, the weather, their weekend plans, and anything else that will keep them from discussing the enemy.

While conversations about the enemy are certainly worth avoiding, the two things that are most threatening when groups of humans meet together are "accountability" and "confession." I need not remind you that our tactics only work in the dark. If your patient is not holding onto secret sins that you have implanted in him, and if he is "confessing" and asking others to "hold him accountable," then you have completely failed as a tempter. Our concern with patients meeting in groups is that they slowly start to reveal the secrets that we have worked so hard to keep private and little by little what we have hidden in the dark comes into the light. You must do your best work to keep your patient quiet. Make him think that his secrets are worse than everyone else's. Convince him that if he shares his darkness he will be ostracized from the group and remember that the fear of being a pariah is a powerful weapon in our arsenal. Even though your patient is physically in a group, that does not mean you can't still keep him out of the group mentally and emotionally. Your patient may be in a place where he is sharing 98% of the darkness you have put in his heart, but I urge you to hold tightly to that 2% that he keeps to himself. Being fully known is a tool of the enemy, but we can counter by allowing humans to be partially known.

Use shame and fear to keep your patient quiet. The more he talks about your work, the less effective your work becomes. For evilness sake find a way to get him out of the group and away from others. You are a fool if you believe you can win his life as he shares it with others. The next letter I receive from you better have bad news.

Your doubtful docent,

Wormwood