I took my 6 year old grand-daughter to breakfast today to celebrate her completion of Kindergarten. While eating I observed a witness and her adult daughter enter to eat. They both walked past me a couple of times and completely ignored my presence - bug surprise there. The daughter looked particularly pompous and holier than thou, though she is a sadsack, negative, low self esteem person with a massive eating disorder. Nonetheless, she was clearly superior to me! Mom was about the same.
As we stepped to the counter to pay our bill, they happened to get up to leave at the same moment. They had to pass by me, face to face, within a foot to get to the door. The daughter briskly walked past, head held high in holy adornment. The mother however, I did not let off so lightly. I pioneered with her for years. Spent countless hours in recreation with her and her family. Our children were mates at the hall. I forced the issue [as is my custom, hehe]. I was not about to let her walk past me and pretend as if we had never met. I looked her squarely in the eyes and said with a firm and friendly voice "hello". She looked at me for the first time - no longer able to divert her eyes - she looked like a cat trapped in a fire ! In a terrified voice she uttered a weak 'hello', almost as if I was a complete stranger she was meeting in a dark alleyway. Then she quickly darted out the door.
I must admit I enjoy seeing them cower in fear like a deer in the headlights. That discomfiture might trigger some cognitive disonance someday. No changes ever happen without a deep emotional event to trigger them, IMHO.
By the time I write this, she has prob gotten to the Kingdom Hall, called the elders to confess her sins in speaking to a 'known apostate', cramped her legs as she pleads to her God for forgiveness for her sins. The guilt alone should boslter her field report this month.
How sad to think that normal people could have had a nice conversation about how our families were doing, met my g-daughter, etc.
I thank my God daily that I am out of that horrible mindset of hatred disguised as love.