Is Loricism a cult?

If our goal is to give people the strength to rise above the need to cling to group ideology, it would be counter-intuitive for Loricism to become a cult.

The answer to this question has been taken straight from r/Loricism:

"Again, this is a fair question, and one I am happy to answer. Of course, though, because of the negative connotations surrounding that word, any time you ask the source whether they or their thing is a cult, they're going to say no. So take this for what it's worth. I hope my response is reasoned enough, and sincere enough, that people won't dismiss it simply because I might have a vested self-interest to distance Loricism from that word.

The short answer is no. I do not intend for it to be a cult. You are correct in that I had toyed around with the idea of making it a religion, but there is no deity, and clearly I dialed it way back because it is closer to a philosophy than a religion or a cult anyhow. The whole idea of Loricism is to be confident, practice humility, and self-reflection. Trying not to lie to yourself or others. Transparency. I believe that with confidence, people can be more genuine.

To best understand why I considered making it a religion, we must back up and go over why I bothered to create this in the first place.

1. I believe the single greatest change the world could see - the one that would make the biggest difference - is a culture of reasoned thinking. It has to be a culture. The world must value it, almost be indoctrinated in free thinking, a paradox of course, in order to combat indoctrination. There must be an ideology of no ideology. In order for humans to evolve, we have to rise above some of our flaws. In short, there must be more people who value free thinking than there are people who don't, and the only way to do that is to spread a new culture. Hence, the third element of Loricism, Cultura.

2. We cannot create a culture of reasoned thought without first teaching reasoned thought and communication skills. Hence, the second element of Loricism, Communicatio Ratio.

3. We cannot have a culture of reasoned thinking without shirking the need for groupthink and the need to belong. These are ingrained in us as humans, so it's a difficult thing to overcome - but it can be done. We also have a biological imperative to procreate, yet some cultures have successfully created an environment where sex is taboo. We can overcome our biological shortcomings (not that sexual desire is a shortcoming; the urge to blindly follow the herd is). This, however, cannot be done without raising the esteem of the individual. People must be strong enough to withstand the turbulent pull of the herd, the shaming, the manipulative social justice that occurs. We need these things now more than ever. It's only going to get worse.

Knowing now what the goals are, the mission, the plan, you can clearly see what the destination is. Replacing a culture of ignorance with one of reason. But how? Can we leverage the tools other systems have used in a way that doesn't contradict the principles? Absolutely. Businesses do it all the time. Marketing is all about creating viral sensations - cult followings. Unfortunately, this particular brand, Loricism, isn't a silver computer or type of tennis shoe. It's an idea, so that's a fine line to have to tread. If our goal is to give people the strength to rise above the need to cling to group ideology, it would be counter-intuitive for Loricism to become a cult.

The long answer: no, it's not a cult. But it will use aspects of cult that are beneficial toward the end mission, while attempting to avoid any of the pitfalls that come with playing with that kind of fire."