For the last few days i was discussing with a colleague of mine at work about the stock market and how some people, even when losing money, they will hold onto their shares because someone said they will rise again. This may lead to lost opportunities or even losing all their money instead of de-risking and offsetting loses by buying another stock, in other word jumping ship.
This got me thinking about JWs (knowing that i am still in). Took one step back and looked at our family and what we have done by sticking to this religion.
Since i can remember, i always heard the end is near and live your life as if tomorrow is the end of the system. This had major impacts on our lives, parents never saved anything for the future, never invested since it was considered waste of time, never encouraged us to seek higher education and the list goes on - also worth mentioning we were surrounded by pioneers who seemed did not care about anything and they were always available for any event; best life ever!
This made me reliase that my parents, and to some extend myself, kept holding to the hopes that the WTS gave us. Ditching this hope made us think, what if the end really is near, what if the system ends tomorrow. Let me keep holding since i have lost a lot (family, health, etc.). Then you start thinking 7-8million can not be wrong.
For someone clinging to any bit of news that helps his hope to stay alive, it is very hard to get them to move on. For my parents, late 70s, even if they may have doubts they would not think about it at all because it is too late. Unfortunately what they are not doing is helping the new generation to wake up and help them to move on.
Although i an not holding to the believes anymore, i can not move on fully. Family ties, due to the shunning policy, will have drastic impacts on the family and not to mention emotional stress ( will leave this to another discussion).
Even with JW friends, any discussion about the future and investments for the family, they will look at me in a very strange way. I even had an elder telling that my priorities are not aligned correctly!
Going back to the comparison, JW religion and believes are the same as Stock market and Gambling , you keep holding and waiting, hoping for something to materializse and put you back in the green. Any minor glimpse of hope will make it harder and harder for you to let go and move on.
The irony is in this, is that WTS encourages us to stay away from gambling and an indirect way not to trade in stocks!
Hope the above makes sense.