Thanks to you all. I can't go into detail to the comments that I liked most, but it seems that the consensus among you is:
- Apostate is a badge, a term of honour, since it represents what you really think
- You don't give a sh*t on how they use it, or why - good point here
- The term has different meanings, depending on the point of view (i liked when Narkissos gets into the philosophical details on stuff, and sometimes Terry, so kudos to him)
- Some of you aren't even JW (married to one) and are considered as such, so thinking about it, the term is really loosely applied to whoever doesn't agree with GB
You see, I needed your input on this one (and many more points, I thank you for any short comment) as I'm seeing things from "this side of the fence", but you guys/gals are further ahead in the process (your opinions are like a "boost" in terms of "getting there")
I liked what James Free said: "It is the Org. that calls anyone who disagrees with them an apostate. Trojan, if the GB read your posts, which are mild but still public disagreement with their ways and teachings, they would call you an apostate. To them, they are the only way to Jehovah. That is why they say of those who diassociate themselves:"
If I combine that with what others said (like IP_SEC and kid-a - liked your comments boys!), that you change the meaning of the term, than it's like what happened to the "Made in Germany" label. Do you know the story? Since I lived many years in Germany (im not a german, eventhough my english has traits that betray me as one) it was interesting to read the story about the "Made in....." labels.
It all started when the allies wanted to crack post-war Germany, so they wanted to "warn the world" about the product they where buying and a law was passed that ANY german product had to have that label on it, so people could decide and avoid buying it, if they felt like sabotaging the germans for what they did. But, nobody guessed that the germans started doing good stuff, put hard work into their products and suddenly people where actually LOOKING for stuff that had the label on it, because they knew it was good quality (Mercedes cars, Porsche, Siemens, etc.).....Now, the punished germans wheren't so punished at all and the guys that invented the idea looked like idiots. Other countries started following the idea (soon "Made in US" came out...), and nowadays the label is whatever the countries made out of it (like if you read "Made in China" you know the price tag will be cheap....)
So, "Apostate" is a brand label that you are molding like the Germans did with the label that was meant to punish them! Good. Then lets keep up to that. (Although I still have that "blocking", "red lights alerting" feeling in my mind.....damned....how do you get rid of that???????)
PS: To James Free: I'm living up to my nickname, if you know what I mean...