Since before a Witness gets baptized, they are told to "Be no part of this world". That is beaten into everyone's head. Now that you're not a JW or are on the way out, how does being part of the "world" feel?
Do You Enjoy Being "Part of the World"???
i think it's probably the greatest feeling in the world. it's still sort of weird for me...i remember when i moved out of my parents' house, the first morning i woke up in the new place, i thought to myself, 'i could walk around the block and not have to ask anyone if it's ok. i could go meet a friend for lunch and not worry about getting caught. this is GREAT!' ...amazing how many little freedoms people take for granted.
How does being part of the world feel? Something like this:
It's nice to have the free time, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of association, without guilt.
It feels absolutely wonderful!! I have much more freedom to do what I want...I'm actually having fun now!
JWs are black and white, it's in or out, eh, minimus?
I am no longer a follower of the Watchtower organization.
What does the WTS think makes a person part of the world?
Neutrality--WTS NGO associated with UN
Immorality--WTS protects child molesters
Military service--WTS holding shares in Rand Corporation maker of weapon parts
Smoking--WTS holding stock in tobacco companies
Blood transfusions--Blood fractions
Adultery--Encouraging JW mates to divorce "apostate" mates
Sounds like the WTS is part of the world. Does that mean I left the world when I left the WTS organization?
The WT definition of the world as being that part of mankind alienated from God never really made any sense. Come to think of it anything the WT sought to define never really made any sense.
Well since I've been part of the "world" for a while, I feel that it's not as bad as I had been led to believe. It's nice to take an interst in just about anything, and not worry about someone looking over your shoulder, or what jw you'll accidentally run into.
Being "part of the world" is living in reality, rather than living in slavery disguised as fantasy.
My head feels clear!
I don't really think of myself as being "part of the world." I don't really think of it as "The World" or "Satan's wicked system of things" or whatever else the dubs call it.
I just think of it as being normal.
I know I'm not normal, and probably never will be because of the way I was raised, but I see this as just trying to be normal.
Does anybody else see it that way?
Interesting question, minimus.
I now feel alive, whereas before I felt "dead", just an inanimate tool. I had no feelings, no opinions, no emotions.
Am I always happy? No.
Do I enjoy being free! Hell, yes!
(would I ever give it up? Doh!)