I was talking with my wife today about college and I asked her about why the Society makes such a big deal about witnesses not going to college. In typical dub fashion, my wife tells me that they do not discourage college, but they do not encourage it either. Instead, they encourage placing kingdom interests first.
Now I told her about you (Billy) and how you were at Bethel and are now starting college at the age of 40 (I think that is correct). If I am not mistaken, I think you said that you were discouraged from attending college when you were younger. Then I went on to point out how the Society discourages college and how so many witnesses in the rank and file wind up struggling because they end up following the slave's advice. My wife counters with, "Well these people who insist that they have to go to college because they are 'struggling,' are they struggling because they do not simplify their lives? Are they struggling because they want the biggest house or want to live an extravagent lifestyle?" I told her I would put this question to you and to others who find themselves trying to better themselves at college after following the slave's advice for so long.
I tell you, she really seems to tow the party line in regards to college. I even asked her about why the Society does not provide college degrees at Bethel that could translate into secular jobs should they leave (or get put out). We discussed so much about the pros and cons about college but she really seems to think that I don't get it because I think that christians should not be barred from going to college even if it is to pursue a 'worldly' profession or secular employment. I also pointed out that when the WTS uses people with college degrees to advanced their own interests in areas that require college degrees, they were being hypocritical.