JIM_TX- Good points you make. I'm so sorry you didn't receive honor of any sort to build you up while growing up. Everybody needs affirmation. My mom really built my self esteem and made me feel valuable - but my elder dad did not. So true that this cult hurt us deeply.
IS THERE HELP OUT THERE- We were all beaten down by the WT society and many times we don't realize it until looking back AFTER the fact. Or until we hit rock bottom like you said . Then finally we reach our breaking point and exit.
LADY LEE- Good point you make. People that have strong self esteem aren't as easily controlled and manipulated as people who have low self esteem. Those with low self esteem won't rebel as much. They act like sheep.
LUCKY CALAMITY- I know how you feel. It is infuriating dealing with some fanatic witness family members. They do feel like everything is a conspiracy of Satan trying to hurt them. This is one big reason the witnesses don't allow members to do outside research in non-witness publications . They keep them more controlled that way.
MYELAINE- Thanks for the input. If there is a God - I'm sure he loves us and our babies more than the WT society.
PASSWORD PROTECTED- Very true. All the GB did was wave the carrot in front of us constantly and con us into believing 1914 was of any significance . Waste of time.
BOYZONE- My god. What an experience. Your personal experience and the lady Ray Franz mentioned in the book. How horrible someone would be pressured to the point of suicide by the WT society. And of course, they'd never admit blame. I'm so glad you were able to pull through your crisis Boyzone. I'm glad you read Ray's book when you did to help you understand. We enjoy your comments on the board ! I'm glad you're still with us sis ! Life is a treasure !
BRINJEN- Very true- we were WAY overburdened in the witnesses and were made to feel guilty if we couldn't handle those burdens. They would try to make us feel weird because everybody else was allegedly " happy ". The truth of the matter is that everone else was just as miserable as us. But some hid it better than others.
MARY- Interesting point you make - a witness having the same mentality as a battered mate. I agree. Not a stretch at all to say that. Battered mates live in fear constantly with head cowering- so do Jehovah's Witnesses . They walk in terror of elders sometimes, they practically think the GB is God - so the carrot is constantly in front of them to " Do more ! Do More ! " Almost makes us understand how a horse feels getting whipped to get running faster. But the WT society does keep it's members so busy they NEVER have time to meditate and think.
But you are correct- the more confident the cult member is in his or her own skin - the less opportunity for the cult to control a independent person who has good self esteem.
ISAAC AUSTIN- I'm glad that you are able to build a good self image up in your children ! Keep the good work up ! It was hard growing up as witnesses because many of us had parents who never complimented us ( My dad never did ) But my mom always did. Since you worked hard to build up a good self image towards yourself- your children feel that condfidence ooze out of you. I'm sure they will do fine.
LIFELONG HUMANIST- I agree with you. I feel much better about myself also after being in the witnesses 44 years. Been out 6 now. The JW's do have a narrow view of Christianity and it's very legalistic and rule oriented in nature. Just perform, perform.
OTWO- Good points. I don't buy into the " imperfection crap " either. I think that there is a lot of imperfection in nature as you say and it's just reality in life that everything or everyone won't be perfect. But when I left the organization I made a conscious decision I wasn't going to beat myself up for it. I was born into it- had no choice- but I actually felt empowered when I finally DID make the choice to leave ! Best decision I ever made. We can all decide to like ourselves or dislike ourselves. I chose to like myself .
WTWIZARD- I too feel the " imperfect state " is a complete scam as well. It forces witnesses to feel a need to always be striving to prove themselves - because they will never be " good " enough. It's like drinking from a glass with a hole in it - it always has to be filled. So a person never gets to the point " Hey ! I feel good about myself ! " because it's always one more thing to reach out for ! And I also think this concentrating on being " imperfect " makes witnesses needlessly negative all the time.
PISTOFF- Good point. It is a selling point of the WT society to make people feel THEY have the answer for our " imperfections ". But I agree with Roger Daltry- "I don't need to be forgiven . " Amen to that