Vol. 11, No. 1, 1993
The author reflects on her experiences with the
group (formerly the Eternal Flame), which claims to have discovered
techniques of "cellular awakening" that enable its members to achieve physical
immortality. Describing a 3-day program in a wealthy Tel Aviv suburb, the author relates
how the intense emotions and the stimulus overload seemed to neutralize her critical
thinking capacity and cause her to forget the questions that she brought into the group.
She also reports on her interview of two parents with a son in the group, and her
interview with the leaders, Chuck, Berna, Deane, and Jim, paying particular attention to
their apparent financial gain. She closes with short vignettes of terminally ill
"immortals," whose deaths, by AIDS and cancer, respectively, were explained as
falling from the program. CBJ explained the cancer death as a result of the lady's having
eaten bacon, and the other death as a result of the person's having clipped obituaries of
friends who had died of AIDS.