I studied "cargo cults" in my anthropology class, when I was an undergraduate student at Stanford University. Click the link just above if you'd like to see what Wikipedia has to say about them.
Somehow, out of that long ago study in the only anthropology class I ever took, the cargo cult phenomenon popped into my mind last Tuesday, as I was writing about the nature of our "free market" financial system. Belief in the "free market" system, as a way to deliver economic benefits, is a lot like a cargo cult. Believers keep waiting around for their ship to come in.
I have always loved Bob Dylan's song, which also talks about the ship coming in. The lyrics to the song are printed below. You can hear the music by clicking the title.
Dylan's not talking about any cargo cult. Do a close reading and you will see that we're going to be ON that ship, not waiting for it.
When The Ship Comes In