It never ceases to amaze me how cruel humans can be towards each other. It is always the same though. They are mind controlled zombies.
You probably don't know me from Adam (A few people do). I very rarely post (Even though I have been here forever?? 2001? I think!) and only have a handfull of posts.
To give you a little background:
I was married to a jw for 25 years (Pure Torture!) and let things slide to keep the family together. (It must be the EVIL Catholic religion that instilled in me the idea that marriage is forever)
We had four children and even though they are a little mixed up, thankfuly none of them joined the club.
She is currently married to the geekiest jw and claims to be in earthly paradise bliss! (Was going to say Heavenly).
The reason that I can't bear to read the board is the fact that xjws that received so much abuse feel that it's not a cult. (Example: Def. stating that the shunning is scriptual....Please!, everyone that believes that, should read those scriptures again, minus the watchtower lenses!). Let me assure you (Being on the outside looking in) that they could teach a course on this for all of the tyrants of the world to use.
It is perfectly normal for people suffering from mind control not to realize that in fact they are.
I'll give you an example. I just got back from a trip to Cuba. I am the type of person that is not satisfied with visiting other countries and only hanging around the resorts. Everywhere that I travel, I enjoy moving about and meeting the locals. In Cuba, this is very difficult to do. The dictator acts in the same manner as the wts and will not allow interaction with outsiders. I always find a way around this.
This time I stayed in a private home (Casa particular) that is registered with the Government. Everywhere we went it was full of soldier like policemen. They will not hesitate in arresting the locals found speaking to you. They are always in fear of getting caught (Sound familiar?).
Once I got their confidence, they spoke of their strife with life as it is in Cuba. Still they are continually brainwashed into thinking that they are still better off then North Americans and Europeans. They feel that all the tourists are wealthy. I had a diffiucult time convincing them that I am an average wage earner in Canada and yet could afford some luxuries.
They feel that even though life is tough, the dictator is best for them. I felt that for the first time I could put myself in my ex wife's shoes and finally understand her view of things. I must admit that I still feel strongly that her view is totally f***ed up. I found so many similarities between their attitude and most jws that I have met over the years. I feel that I came one giant step closer in understanding how brainwashing/mind control really works.
Every day on their local TV stations, they played the same news reels over and over again. Does this sound a bit familiar? I am not very fluent in Spanish (I get by) but I continualy heard "Bush, Bush, Bush" and it did not appear to me complimentary.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat! That's how its done with any mind control. Everyone uses it. IE: Religion, Business cults, (Amway, Fuller Brush, Telemarketers, Mary Kay, etc. etc.
I think that I rambled on enough. This is not like me. It just floored me when I read your post. How could these zombies be so cruel to another human being, let alone their own flesh and blood.
I am so sorry that you have to be subjected to this.