In the thread on Agnostic or Atheist, startingover posted an article by a woman who is referred to as the Happy Heretic. I like that phrase.
How do you view yourself? What terms would you use to describe yourself, say if you were writing your obit and you wanted people to know what kind of person you had been?
I'll start with my favorite views of myself : Freethinker, Heretic, Rationalist, Apostate, Anti-JW Activist.
God, I even capitalized them! How pompous. But, it's important to me to accept and honor my new identity, 'cause the power of that old identity - JW, MS, Pioneer, Elder, Assembly Overseer - is still so strong. A lifetime of thinking of myself in those terms has not been easy to shed, and there is power as well in actively identifying myself in this new way, instead of just in negative terms like ex-JW.
Anyone else understand the point I'm trying to make here? How do you see yourself now? As humans, we tend to become how we define ourselves.