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In the great walk-in closet of world religions, the Meyerist movement is a bit of dryer lint. It has a few compounds scattered around the country that at first blush seem like quirky, well-meaning clubs. Maybe even neo-hippie communes. Sure, its members may seem a little, well, odd at times. They don't fight or eat meat. They're truthful to a fault, and they talk about "unburdening" themselves while scaling a metaphorical ladder to enlightenment. But they also seem so generous and peaceful and ever-so nice. In a hurting world searching for answers, the Meyerists look to some like they actually have them.

But in a picturesque pocket of upstate New York, Eddie Lane is ready to take the next horse out of what he's now thinking is really a subversively crazy cult. Or, he would if his whole family wasn't so enmeshed in it.

A One-Way Trip

Eddie's wife, Sarah, was born into the Meyerist way and is now one of its leaders. Their teen son, Hawk, loves the movement so much he wants to quit school to work for the cult full time. When everyone you love and care for is so intrinsically tied to something like this, it makes it really difficult to leave.

Not that it's easy even under the best of circumstances. As is the case with any cult worth its organic herbal salt substitute, the Meyerists control pretty much every aspect of members' lives. Marriage difficulties? Meyerism says it has the answers (and you won't really mind a voluntary prison stay, will you?). Trouble with your "outside" family? Oh, it can help with that, too (as long as you sever all ties). Eddie's been talking with a woman who swears the cult killed her husband and is now hunting her. He's not so sure if that's all true; he certainly hasn't heard his wife mention murder as one of the Meyerism mainstays. But he's pretty sure that Meyerism isn't the healthy, holistic cure-all it claims to be.

But whatever it is, Meyerism may soon be taking a different path toward its imagined light. Ever since Meyerist founder Dr. Steven Meyer slipped into a coma in Peru, the burden of leadership has fallen to his son, Cal. And at first Cal tries hard to stay true to his father's vision. But with dear old Dad clearly so high up on the Ladder that he ain't coming back down anytime soon, Cal is now ready to mold Meyerism into his own—darker—image.

Road Closed

The Path is an intense and unrelentingly problematic show. While the Meyerists pride themselves on their self-control, this Hulu series shows very little.

The show's inherent spirituality is the first hurdle we run into along this Path, of course. It's a murky stew of mysticism, machines and psychobabble. Obviously, Hulu isn't out to convert anyone to a made-up cult; still, its depictions of Meyerism—with its superficial similarities to both real-life cults and major religions—are troubling and can be confusing to those who are seeking their own path. Most Meyerists aren't bad people: They're simply following a belief system that they've been taught will make them better people, more capable of dealing with life's inevitable problems and more apt to help those who are hurting around them. Cal says that they're trying to serve God in their own way, "to be everything God intended when He made us in His image."

Because Meyerism also has a litany of dark, disturbing elements—from predatory sexual behavior by its leader to violent put-downs of dissent—some may then see the show as not an exploration of an imaginary cult, but a takedown of real-life faith.

The Path is filled with other serious barriers as well. The sexual content is extreme, flaunting nudity and explicitly rendered couplings. Foul language is replete with uncensored f- and s-words. And the already troublesome violence will surely ramp up as the series progresses.

"Ponder the path of your feet," we read in Proverbs 4. "Then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil."

The Path swerves to the right and to the left.

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The Path: Mar. 30, 2016 "The Era of the Ladder"
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