On another note, I'm going to suggest that the WTS conditioning suggests and reinforces a pattern of "taking in accurate knowledge" that impedes people from "feeling" in touch with anything other than themselves and a bunch of mechanistic actions, or "works". It stiffles passion to the detriment of the soul. Ultimately it is crippling, resulting in feelings of incompleteness and a reduced ability to rise above a series of programmes. Sure extra rules may be overlaid and some may be exchanged, but the basic ability to be whole is overlooked.
Thank you, LT, for this thread.
It always seemed to me, even as a child, that the JWs seemed to be missing that one 'something' that would actually make them a religion rather than just a large club devoted to reading Watchtowers. They are missing the 'feeling.' They are missing 'spirituality.' (They have another thing called by the same name, but it is only refers to keeping up with your JW reading rather than any real connection to any sort of higher power.)
It is ironic how the the whole JW religion is built on 'rational explanations.' There is no need for any mysticism. They have 'rational' answers printed in books that you can look up. You can pray as a JW, but don't expect answers from God, expect them from the WT. Anyone who says they only prayed to God and by so doing found an answer to a problem, is look upon with extreme suspicion . Anyone who gets too excited about God is looked at as a bit crazy. Anyone who say, goes on a relaxing retreat to pray and meditate for a few days, is not a JW.
I don't know if it is connected, but is this why it was so difficult for to walk into a Chruch for so many years after I left? Is this why I felt so s elf-conscious about my religious beliefs...almost embarrassed? Had they actually taken a piece of my humanity out of me? There is no doubt that the JW's took 'something' from me and it has taken years and years to get a tiny piece of it back. I can't define this 'something' but I think this thread is about it!
I may be far from your point here, but these are just the thoughts I had when reading these posts.
Thanks again LT for this thread,