I'm interested in exploring a few things. To try to keep these two topics separate, I'm going to attribute the letters A and B to them. A for 'who's on the board?' and B for 'Who are JWs?'
A - WHO'S ON THE BOARD?
After chatting for awhile, I see that we on the board fall into a few categories:
A1) We were raised in it without our consent.
A2) We discovered it as adults and joined. And later left - for various reason?
A3) Maybe we're not ex, but we're on the board and curious.
B - WHO ARE JWS?
It has been suggested that JWs have a definable personality problem and it has been suggested that we can 'capture' the essence of who becomes a JW. I suspect the way to start coming to a clearer picture of that would be to just try listing things that we KNOW about JWs as a group.
I'll start. Please add.
B1) JWs are comfortable and unashamed of cheating on some legal things like taxes.
B2) JWs like to participate in the 'goodies' of various holidays, without being 'part of' them. They do so by 'celebrating' on a nearby date and leaving out 'symbols' of the holiday.
B3) JWs have very superficial relationships with other JWs and must like it that way?
B4) JWs have a deep need to believe that they have a superior kind of knowledge about things in the Bible.
B5) JWs comfortably and gullibly believe that a group of unnamed, unidentified group of people have an insider relationship with God that only they and a few special 'others' have access to. They cling to this belief SO deeply that they will even sacrifice the health and well-being of their own children and all of their social connections for it.
B6) A friend said that a characteristic trait that she would attribute to JWs would be 'self-loathing'.
Edited by - Dia on 9 August 2002 8:19:17
Edited by - Dia on 9 August 2002 8:22:25