After Exiting the Witnesses - Are you O.K. Not Knowing about the Future ?

by flipper 76 Replies latest jw friends

  • blondie

    So, did I KNOW the future when I was a jw...I just had the delusion I did.

    Past = History

    Future = Mystery

    Present = the gift we give ourselves

  • sinis

    SINIS- So what do you think is going to happen in the next 5 years in the future ? Care to share your insight ?

    Major, global economic collapse.

  • FlyingHighNow

    It's a huge relief to realize we don't need to know the answers to everything. It makes the world mysterious, big and in its own way beautiful again.

  • mindseye

    One of the attractions many have to religions like the JWs is the illusion of certitude. Those of us that leave can handle, or even enjoy, the ambiguity of life. The journey is as fun as the destination.

    When finding my way, one of my favorite thinkers was Nietzsche. I remember Nietzsche argued to the effect that the Christian church of his time focused way too much on a heavenly goal. In the process the individual Christian ignored their potential in his/her own life, putting too much focus on the next. Nietzsche argued for a renewed vitalism, a love for life.

    The illusion of paradise is similar. So many JWs striving for that one day. Meanwhile we have life, imperfect, yet filled with so much potential and beauty, right here, right NOW!

  • unshackled

    I prefer the mystery and suspense. Besides, I know some things about the future. Like the fact I will be taking a sip of beer in...oh...3 seconds.
    Ahhhh...the future is tasty.

  • alias

    After Exiting the Witnesses - Are you O.K. Not Knowing about the Future

    Somedays yes, somedays no.

    I'm at my prime on this unknowable variable while I'm sleeping.


  • Botzwana

    I agree....Worldwide economic collapse. That must be the Great Tribulation.

  • LongHairGal

    FLIPPER: Yes, I am okay with not having a pre-packaged belief system that I didn't entirely swallow anyway. The JWs belief is similar to Christendom's hereafter except their 'hereafter' is on the earth. The same general 'look to the future for the 'real' life' while you squander the one you already have is the common belief. I cannot stand this mindset of thinking you shouldn't be happy in the here and now. I really have no desire for religion in my life and don't need a structured belief system to be a happy or a moral person.

  • clarity

    Hello flipper & mrs flipper .... on this winding down friday evening, I'm glad you're out there, somewhere.

    I'm starting to like living in the now instead of projecting into the is very peaceful.

    I like the open endedness of the future and the options out there. I want to decide the how's, the when's and the why's! I don't want to live commune style. Can you just imagine a 'new world' with a rule for every little thing & and severe punishment if you failed ...oh wait a minute, that's how jw's are today! Well it would be even worse.

    Those who think they know the future are usually grandiose, ego driven and running scared in case they don't measure up and lose out on their fantasies.

    I'll take one day at a time now's not my job to know the future.


  • mrsjones5

    I don't need to know the future, the here and now is enough for me.

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