After twelve years of shouting into the wind, I'm hitting the pause button. Maybe I'll start again, maybe not. The wind is pretty noisy these days.
The commentariat has discovered Leon Festinger's cognitive dissonance theory, almost certainly with no help from me. Festinger remains relevant, to be sure, but I think Anthony F. C. Wallace's classic 1956 monograph, Revitalization Movements, seems more to the point. You can find the complete text here.