Originally Posted by Moocow
I think you might be taking it a step too far here in bringing it to the level of religiosity.
It's possible I do. However, they share some traits: a sense of belonging with a community and a sense of guidance. The difference is that these traits are much more minuscule on one side.
Anyway, my point was that people that take certain choices and become devout parts of communities are prone to reason that they take those choices because it helps them, etc., f.e. you point out to a "bizarre regression to infancy" among adults, which I agree on. In line with that, people often take weird religious and spiritual choices, like becoming a member of the church of Scientology, and when they are attacked for it they reason that it helps them.
But why does exactly this cartoon help them? Is it unique in its learnings? Does it have powerful insights that only they have? I don't believe so. You can pretty much find those same morals, learnings, whatnot, etc. everywhere, not in cartoons only; everywhere. It is oriented towards children, however. This is also where the "bizarre regression to infancy" comes in. It probably has more to do with just that than that it helps them develop personally. (Actually, the lessons taught seem to be rather shallow, naive and idealistic; if you're above a certain age. I doubt there are lessons to be taught for a grown up mind.) It is the defense itself, not wanting to admit the real cause behind it, that it's flawed, therefore reasoning that it helps. That is what I want to get to.
It's not the same, but it's similar. I only think that when groupings are criticized, they often come with very similar arguments, that it helps them, that "you" can't understand, rather than admitting that it's flawed and that the lack of an understanding of "why?" from the outsiders is sensible.