Children do not choose allegiance to an ideology. When born into the ranks of the extreme, that devotion is chosen by the delusions of a madman and sets the innocent down a path of isolation that will imprison their minds for a lifetime.
We have all tasted silken lyrics from the lips of the charismatic in search of an answer which eludes us. Truly a sweetly flavored poison when walking towards the mirage of lies. But when the end of days never comes and the evils proclaimed are revealed to be the rantings of a lunatic, what then? Far too often, the diligent soldier finds their preparation for a righteous battle leaves them lacking in the skills needed for traversing the world.
The Institute not only had a system, it also came complete with a charismatic lunatic.