Subsequent accounts of cargo culting trade melancholy pessimism for Burridge's onetime, albeit faint, optimism.
Pathetic cargo culting cannot alleviate the original pain of self-alienation but instead leads horribly to further divided selves and an intensified appreciation of one's own imperfections and shortcomings.
Cargo culting, in fact, turns people into monsters.
Cargo culting continues to originate in response to existential pain but such culting does nothing but exacerbate suffering.
This apprehends cargo culting positively as a useful means of liberation from sterile modernity.