Some very good points but Vidiot isn’t the propaganda the
thing which sustains the Watchtower illusion after conversion (along with the
social conformity which self regulates the behaviour)... rather than it being the cause?
I suppose listening to the propaganda either drives you crazy or you give up
@Finklestein, isn’t the business pattern of the organisation
simply the historical reality, I can’t see the link for captivating minds? But the
fear and threats you mention must be an inducement to change a person’s mind,
imagining they will die if they don’t join...
@Sir 82, yes the WT vision is targeted at susceptible
individuals; those whose earlier vision of the world has been shattered by disappointment
or grave loss or those who cannot keep up with what life asks of them. The
victim notes and marks the possibility of joining which is further cemented by
friendships formed in the congo.
@Galaxy, you said
is somehow a need to rely on something out with our own workings to take the
burden of what's perceived to be the unknown".
A belief that here is something
which has resolved for us the cosmic eternities perhaps? You make a case for ”
succumbing” to the org on the basis of being shown a ”comfort zone” environment
into which the potential newbie could fit. I agree they must think both that
they could cope with the ‘deal’ which means giving up ambition, money worldly
happiness etc, and at the same time cope with trusting the beliefs (not
knowledge) of others.
@Phizzy, your quote by Giordano, referencing the true
believer book, is highly instructive because it sets out the very frame in
which a true believer, whether JW or any cultist, can forgo their regular human
life with its joys and troubles for an imagined future world of bliss.
That perfectly describes the world of religious certainty
espoused by the WTBTS. It explains beautifully why the concerns of the present
are played down to the point of irresponsibility (a trait which the early Christ
cult introduced to the annoyance of the Romans) but even that does not quite describe
the psychological drive or mechanism or 'switch' which makes for conversion to it (who's
being picky then!)
I find this big irrational and emotional decision has a parallel with falling in love...what do