Heathen, You wrote:
garybus--- I would think to control the body one must first control the mind as it is the mind that puts the body in motion . I think the first thing they do is use guilt and then the fear that armageddon is just around the corner to manipulate the people within the organization.
That's the fallacy. I used to think the Witness people were under mind control because the Society uses techniques that parallel thought reform tactics. Do I think these techniques are used? Yes! Do I think the Witness people are under mind control? No!
I was raised as a Witness. I was a Witness on different levels until I was 30 years old. I have interviewed hundreds of current and former Witnesses. I have studied the Corporation and the tactics. I am convinced the Witness people do all they do by their own choice of their own free will. Does that put more burden on them personally to account for their behaviors? You bet!
There is manipulation and coercion and intimidation used by the Witness people on the Witness people. They do that with free will and they receive it with free will. They are coached and educated by the Society on how to behave but they do those behaviors by their own choice. They have been telling me this for years and I did not believe them. Now I believe them. Now I judge them harsher. Now I don't accept excuses for them nor do I grant them any leniency. All they get from me, they must earn. So far those who shun and snub me have worked hard to earn my contempt and there are none at this present time in the earn respect line. GaryB