“There’s nothing out there in the world for you...”
It is a very cult-like statement. One could imagine it being said to a young person raised in a commune in the backwoods of Utah or an ultra strict Amish community. It can only work on people who know nothing of the World bar what their elders have told them .
Of course The World has it's dangers but it offers rewards too, if one uses a modicum of common sense.
What has The World ever done for people?
Well: education, a higher income and standard of living, social friends , romance, marriage, children , grand children.. a whole lot of fun!
Apart from those things.....NOTHING !
That's the only text messages i get from my former family...
"I hope you'll see that the world has nothing to offer you"
"I hope you get yourself sorted and return to Jehovah"
but my all time favorite has to be:
"we as a family are suffering because you've left Jehovah!"
Every high control cult like group has their own variation of that expression.
It is the usual Fear Obligation and Guilt used to try and lock members in physically and emotionally....
I got that line too, in a letter from an old Pioneer "sister", she said the World was a terrible place yadda yadda, she also said "you know it is only the people in the Congregation that really care about you."
By the time I got this letter, I had been missing from the K.H for over six months, all these people that really care about me ? not a peep from them in all that time ! and up until I stopped going I had been the very best Meeting attender in our huge Congregation ! I never missed !
What did I find in "the world" ? People who were good and kind, and really cared. There are some arseholes out there I guess, but the percentage of nasty types is higher IN the JW Org !
"There's nothing out there in the world for you ...."
That's odd. . . . There are sure a lot of JWs who know where to go sign up for Social Security retirement, or SS Disability, or Welfare, or Food Stamps, or Medicaid, or . . .
"Oh, thank you, Jehovah, for what you have provided us today!"
Heres nohing there in the world for you, ....that won't take your money, and then how can you donate to the WT, so get back in and hand over your cash , and remember, we love you(r money) !
My response would be "There's nothing in the cult for me." Possibly replacing the word cult depending on how charitable I'm feeling. If I need to elaborate - relationships predicated on my believing things that I don't, endless regurgitation of the same nonsense, authoritarian control of my life, etc. All to gain, what? To be told that I'm happy and that I'm doing the right thing? Thanks, but I don't need your approval.
Laughter, just laughter, honest, from the gut laughter. Possibly even a bit of slapping of the thigh and a wiping of a tear from the eye.
That's how I'd respond.
The world can offer a good education, a good income, a good retirement, good friends who won't shun you if you don't agree with their belief system, and the ability to use one's brain to think. Witnesses have undergone a spiritual lobotomy.
Another phrase is “This world...” or “This system, like gum will chew you up and when it’s done with you, spit you right back out.”
I'd ask them: How do you know? On what do you base this question? Isn't that a bit like how the WBT$ chews you up and spits you out like the Bethel workers?
My ultimate response cannot be written here...too many naughty words.