Here we go again. The June 15 Washtowel has an article about resolving to do what is right. The preceding article had a subheading about fleeing from fornication, which merits a puke alert (yup, stifle that sex drive and stay away from anything that might make you sexually attracted to someone else).
This is the second study article, which has things to pursue. Paragraph 4 is a prime example. This subheading is about pursuing righteousness, which in itself is not objectionable. However, the paragraph states that we must be completely resolved to avoid forming any romantic attachment to anyone that is not a baptized Witless. Anyone pursuing righteousness, according to the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger, will be totally resolved therein.
Now I will compare what the "secret society" I joined to slap them in the face says is pursuing righteousness. Any volitionally chosen act that is good for self or society is morally good. Meaning any volitionally chosen act that is going to do oneself and/or society good is righteous, and anyone choosing such acts is pursuing righteousness. There is nothing morally wrong with forming a romantic attachment to anyone that is not of the same belief!
Of course, the remainder of the article discusses pursuing self-sacrifice. This is evident in field circus, studying a lie, and enduring unnecessary persecution and hardship. Notice the other half of the simple code of morals is "Any volitionally chosen act that is bad for self or society is morally bad." Which means self-sacrifice solely for the purpose of the "higher cause" is morally bad, or unrighteous. It generates value destruction and deadweight, diminishing the value of society. Most acts of Godly devotion are this kind of damaging altruism and selflessness. They destroy value and do not give someone else value in ways that can pay back, whether in terms of love, friendship, or genuinely helping someone in need.
This is another prime example of where the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger provides crap advice. If you follow it, you are going to lose many an opportunity for romantic adventure, including marriage (and such could be few and far between as it is). You will also pass up opportunities to help people in ways that mean something, in order to waste more time and gas peddling more of those wastes of paper that are going to have zero effect. Plus, you are probably going to stiff that chick that works at Starbucks to avoid developing any romantic attachment, who is going to be pxxxed for the day, give lousy service to other patrons, and hopefully will hate the witless religion.
Do not follow the advice from the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger!