At first glance, most people would say that there are lot’s of very good JW’s around. OK, we reason, maybe they are a little misguided, but most of them mean well. We particularly like to think that way about our friends and loved one’s who are in the organisation, we don’t want to regard them as being unkind and uncaring. Look what Joelbear says about this:
I have the same core values now that I did when I was an active witness and so do the great majority of the witnesses that I grew up with, pioneered with and served at Bethel with. They are not the monsters that are portrayed here. When you make statements like, Jehovah’s Witnesses are stupid, hateful, evil, etc, you are talking about my mother, my friends, people who I love dearlyI also used to feel exactly the same way as Joelbear does here. Then I grew up! Even as an 18 year old witness I was aware that there was a pecking order operating that you did not see in other families, a pecking order that did not follow a natural course of fierce loyalty to ones next of kin. What came first was JHVH/ WTBTS/FDS. The natural loyalty to one’s loved one’s had been gradually extinguished by years of JW teaching. In short, our dub parents had actually sold their family loyalty to Brooklyn. In so doing they had, in fact, sold a little bit of their own soul.
It goes further than that. If Joelbear does go back into the faith, he will have to surrender his sexual life and become celibate. The sex drive has got to surely be one of our strongest urges. If that is surrendered then a big part of Joel disappears with it. A bit more soul.
You can see where I am going with this. As bits of our personality are washed out of our beings with witness demands we do become demeaned. Our free will is eroded, our love hierarchy is altered dramatically to the extent that we will sacrifice our very life to the will of someone else. That’s a lot of soul to sell!
So, coming back to our original question re ‘are their any good JW’s around’, I would suggest that there are not very many. Not very many at all. I don’t see how there can be, when humankind is relegated to such a low priority in the Jehovah’s witness religion, witnesses have so many agenda’s operating that they are simply, IMO, not to be trusted. Whilst I would not go overboard and say that the witnesses are ALL ‘stupid, hateful, evil’, I would say that most of them have unwittingly learned to be quite stupid, quite hateful and quite evil.
They just don’t realise it.
Bring on the dancing girls!