I just realized....

by Muddy Waters 14 Replies latest jw experiences

  • Muddy Waters
    Muddy Waters

    I just realized I've basically lost the past 30 years of culture... Listening to music, being rediscovered and discovering new music... Political stuff happening around the world and YES, DAMMIT, all that political stuff is important!!! Tons of other things that, thanks to the WTS's very diligent application of the I part of the BITE method (information control) I am only beginning to find out or discover....

  • MrMonroe

    In my time in the org I was always astonished at the ignorance of JWs about what was going on in the world around them. Few read the paper or had any understanding of what was happening in the country politically, and even those who did were afraid to express any opinion about it lest they be accused of being worldly. It's a bubble, a dome, and JWs are trapped in it.

  • Julia Orwell
    Julia Orwell

    I found a lot like that too, Mr Monroe. It's hard to have opinions about things. You have to have the WT opinion.

  • Gypsy Sam
    Gypsy Sam

    It's so frustrating!! They're happy to be ignorant. I used to make comments about well publicized events and the blank stares drove me crazy. I thout we were supposed to be well informed so we could cover topics at the door or in informal witnessing. Another reason I'm happy to be free and making friends that care about news and world events. Also, nice to reconnect with many ex JWs from my childhood that have left and educated themselves about all kinds of topics.

  • zeb

    JO. spot on as always.

  • clarity

    I remember the political event, of the October Crisis in Canada, October 1970.


    Minister Pierre Laport was kidnapped & murdered.

    Marshall Law was enacted by Prime Minister Trudeau as Laport was found

    stuffed into a car trunk.


    It was a very scary political time in eastern Canada.

    As witnesses ...we were not immune to the unrest & violence,

    but we were told to not discuss these events or pay any attention to them!


    So you can see why we didn't have a clue about any political news...

    we were 'commanded' not to show any interest!!!!

    I am sure there is a watchtower to that effect somewhere.


  • Julia Orwell
    Julia Orwell

    We were told at a CA not to think of ourselves as "Australian" or to call the Australian cricket or rugby team "our" team because it's nationalism. No wonder most JWs live under a rock. For you Aussies, I know JWs who think ACA and Today Tonight are the news.

  • talesin


    I remember, though I was 12 .... they were telling us we could be arrested and jailed because of the War Measures Act.

    Scaring children like that ... as if we had anything to fear in Eastern Canada ... now, if we lived in Quebec ... they actually *did* arrest Witnesses (or were they still Bible Students?) back in the days of Duplessi.


  • clarity

    Hi Tal .... pretty much told to stick our heads in a bucket....

    & no talking about anything political! Omg... we did it.


    We had our instructions from the platform and felt so loyal

    keeping our thoughts to ourselves! What dopes we were!

    Yes ....poor little kids.


  • Hortensia

    I remember lots of political things, civil rights in the south, various assassinations, Taiwan out of the UN and PRC in overnight, Nixon, lots of stuff like that. I remember, for instance, watching Nixon's speech on the news, we were all dressed for the KH but watched his resignation speech before heading out. BUT, I missed out on many years of music, movies, television, arts and so on. I did pay a lot of attention to folk singers, protest singers back in the 60s and 70s, but after that, not much for many years.

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