JHINE & PISTOLPETE:
You got a totally wrong impression. I certainly did NOT mean that people should have children for the purpose of taking care of them in their old age! 🙄 I’m sorry you didn’t comprehend the point I was trying to make.
Shunning is a tragedy and it is unnatural. It is opposite of human nature where a parent loves their children. Generally speaking, most people care about their elderly parents. Whether or not they can actually ‘take care of them’ depends on finances and circumstances. But, at the very LEAST, they would be in contact with each other..However, in the JW religion, attitudes are unnatural and some misguided people there think otherwise.
JWs are notorious for the idea that somebody else there is going to ‘care for them’. (This attitude also extends to JWs who study with needy people and make the claim that it is a ‘brotherhood’ and they will be ‘taken care of’ as well as people not getting a decent job and preparing for their future who also believe this.). Meanwhile, the JW religion is not a charity and gives NOTHING to anyone..The answer to this problem is to privately go around with an envelope and corner people for money.
Not trying to derail the thread about disfellowshipping, but that’s the point I was trying to make. Not the wrong assumption that people should have children to take care of them later on.. Really! I doubt most delighted new parents of a baby would be thinking this!
I hope nobody else got this wrong impression.