I went to a parochial school for years. I was an altar boy (unmolested, thank ME), and I did weddings, funerals and masses. I became an atheist, by the time I was in high school, got into shamanism and other occult stuff out of curiosity and then became a true blue JW.
I'm an agnostic now and I can't even begin to imagine how that could change.
I don't need to ask a crazy adult who molts the shell of the JW's like a hermit crab only to crawl into another shell whether that's Catholicism or any other organized religion anything unless I'm just curious what the unwashed natives are up to.
I don't and can't "respect" that any more than I can "respect" anyone who abuses themselves in any manner.
Now if the "convert" is a true believer, then they are lost, and I have some pity for them (and some minor envy), but if they're just a hypocrite and using the other organization to whatever end they're using it, then I can understand to a degree, but I still don't respect it, (but find the ability to deceive interesting).
If you're in it, you should be in it all the way, and you should know how to defend it, and if you're not, then I have no clue what sort of animal you might be, but that sort of behavior isn't what I call moral.
Just my opinion, but I feel I could let a true blue JW in my house or a true blue Catholic, but if you were NEVER a true blue JW and you went along with it only to become a true Blue Catholic later, then step up and defend it or get out of my house. Lives are at stake and there's hell to pay for the damned.
On the other hand...If you say you were a true blue JW and now you're a true blue Catholic, how can you be sure that you won't later become a true blue rastafarian, or something else?
You can't and if you can't be sure, then you can't be a true blue anything any more, unless you FINALLY make the truth your own and stop abdicating your moral decisions to some magical entity outside yourself. You can't have faith in anything, not even in yourself, but since you can't fully apostasize from yourself (where would you go to?), then you have to continue to interrogate yourself and decide every moment who and what you are, because in the end it's all you and there's no one else.
If there are entities watching this affair....
What we really need to do is to totally stop reproduction as a species.
Then when the watchers get pissed off because they're running out of people to mess with they'll show up and we can hit them in the heads with rocks, steal their quantum space ship and get back to behind the veil.
Then we can watch THEM and see how they like it.
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