Sigh - Tech49 , your preachin' to the choir, as the saying goes.
Been there. But I am amazed they pull this off decade after decade,
generation after generation.
I was a 15 year old "convert", now I have
grandchildren. I married at 18 to a 35 year old "brother"
a dumb as a stone, janitor, who slept through meetings
and was brain dead. I married him to "be in the truth".
I left him to raise my daughter on my own and go
to university, a long struggle.
A longer struggle to truly free my spiritual life.
The stunted, undeveloped talent, the wasted time,
the absurd pressures to believe it is the only way to
"salvation" the "only true religion" How do some of us
manage to live a split life ? How did I manage to get a
university degree and attend meetings at the same time
while being treated like a second class citizen in the congregation ?
What was missing in my brain that allowed me to subject
myself to these absurdities ?