Why are alot of JW's Fascinated with Sci-Fi?

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  • Oubliette

    Kairos: the older couple were very vocal about how wrong Star Trek was.

    Yeah, well, they're out of their vulcan minds!

    (Say it out loud)

  • Dis-Member

    It's called 'train spotting' mentality. Which is now being defined as a mental illness.

    Train Spotting makes it into the Psychologists Handbook

    A leaked memo has indicated that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has been sub-categorised, with train spotting specifically mentioned.

    "It is true that we have identified train spotting as a form of OCD," said Talon. "Decades of research on train spotters have confirmed this as true. Besides, I saw the movie, and that was a seriously disturbed piece of cinema."

    According to Talon, train spotting had always been considered a form of OCD, but the study revealed that it also contained a large dollop (technical term) of compulsive completist syndrome (CCS) and Aspergers Syndrome (Aspergers Syndrome).

    "We have separated it out because of its combined factors," said Talon. "In the same we we split hoarding out from CCS because it has a small dollop of Abandonment Disorder."

    Now that train spotting is a specific mental illness in its own right, it will not be long before it can be diagnosed and treated.

    "We have fully documented the symptoms," said Talon. "These include an inability to become bored, being impervious to the cold, excellent circulation and a welded on raincoat. Psychologically, train spotters are very similar to well adjusted folk, however, they get a dopamine buzz from seeing a train that is in all respects identical to every other train they have ever seen apart from the colour of a wheel nut. Oh, and they don't know how to deal with people."

    Big Pharma are already moving into the field in anticipation of the Handbook's release. It is anticipated that a cure for train spotting could be available as early as next March. Glaxo-Beecham-Proctor are to deliver it to towns in a custom made Diesel Electric locomotive to ensure the maximum number of customers.

  • OnTheWayOut

    Sci-Fi is simply escaping current realities. It shows a future, for better or worse, where humans make the difference.
    Most have simple Good vs. Evil stories with Good winning the day.

  • Wasanelder Once
    Wasanelder Once

    It's interesting that most Sci-fi is based on atheistic themes. You would wonder why somthing so "Ungodly" is so popular. Agreed, escapism where no God is referenced. not at all like a meeting!


    JWs like Sci-Fi because they are already addicted to believing in fantasies, I.e. Jehovah, Jesus, The Annointed, The Great Crowd, the Bible, etc etc. Sci-Fi, like JW theology, is an escape from the realities of the Real World. The only difference between the two is that most Sci-Fi is at least entertaining and interesting. The JW fantasies are just warmed-over nonsense stories that are BORING and are repeated ad nauseum. So for JWs, Sci-Fi is a welcome break from theocratic tedium. Actually, for the times in which it was written, the Bible was the ultimate early form of Sci-Fi.

  • jws

    Science fiction is like magic without the demons. Ghost stories are off limits. Tales of magic or wizards are off limits. That leaves sci-fi as pretty much the only type of fiction that allows cool magic-like things to happen. Because it's not demons, it's technology behind the wonders, it's OK to watch.

    Instead of Jenie folding her arms and blinking to teleport, they have teleporters. Instead of a potion to make you look like somebody else, you can do plastic surgery or have nano-bots re-render you. Instead of conjuring a meal, a food replicator can do it for you.

    And often religion - at least the ones and beliefs they are taught to scorn - are left out of it. You don't hear much about Catholics, Baptists, etc. Or their beliefs like angels, heaven/hell, crosses, etc.

    You probably also have a psychological match to the type of person who becomes a JW in the first place.

    Star Trek (and a few others) also offer a view of a future utopian world where mankind (for the most part) lives in harmony. And that's one of the things that aligns with what they're expecting. You also have a hero theme running through all of those things mentioned by the OP. A good vs. bad, with good always triumphing.

    There's also that technology to back you up. How many times in Star Trek or other such sci-fi, does the engineer with "accurate knowledge" save the day? They are all about having sole possession of "the truth".

    I think that also by limiting your entertainment choices, you probably tend to geek-out on those things you can do. Nerds of many breeds are huge fans of various things. Sci fi, comic books, etc. And they also don't have all of the social choices others do.


    Why are alot of JW's Fascinated with Sci-Fi?

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  • stuckinarut2

    What Navytown said!

  • yadda yadda 2
    yadda yadda 2

    Do they? Says who? Silly thread based on purely subjective, ad-hoc anecdote.

  • Pistoff

    I read more sci-fi between the ages of 12 and 18 than I did any WT literature, used to pick up a book at the school library before hours some days and read it during class, and turn it in at the end of the day.

    I am not surprised your CO was against his dubbies watching Star Wars; sci-fi can be just space opera but really good sci-fi is subversive, making us look at origin stories in a different way, or using other worlds to look at our own; it imagines entire worlds not our own, ones not made by 'Jehovah'.

    Is it because the CO was afraid that the Hero's Journey of Star Wars would be more fun than the WT version of the Jesus story?

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