I yelled at a Dub today!
Well, yelling at another man in public certainly seems to have helped you. No doubt about that.
If a member of the public observed your outburst, the word "Unhinged" may have crossed their mind. "Keith" may have had a similar thought. Still, you got something out of it.
If your yell made you feel good that is ok.
I would approach this differently. May be striking up a conversation about the various WT cover ups as well as to prove to them that I am happier now than as a JW before.
I 'm not gonna judge how you handle yourself around an old "friend." I'll just say yep, he in a cult.
Maybe apostates everywhere should ask cart people everywhere "can you prove to me this isn't a cult?"
Thanks for the replies.
I don't expect Kieth will ever forget that moment.
We worked together as builders, I know all of his family, he's going to dwell.
Check this out:
When he was DFd, I came across him leaving a grocery store. I didn't hesitate and shook his hand immediately. He was appalled, looked down and walked away as if I led him into sin. Poor man.
Both his adult sons are 'out', as well.
As a side point, I drove past a fully manned ( sistered? ) lit cart today, four of them.
I went by real slow, got eye contact with all of them and showed a very emphatic 'thumbs down'.
All those council points for gestures finally paid off!!
Nothing quite like an adult male doing a slow drive-by and making a gesture to a group of women. Whatever your intention, I wouldn't be surprised if these women perceived your display as menacing.
You need to get a grip and start acting like a man instead of a jerk in public.
Nope. I have known them all for 25 years.
Shall i name them?
Two of them, twins, were students in a driving school I ran.
I installed tile in their homes and have worked in field service with all of them.
These are not strangers and I agree, my conduct would be weird if that were the case.
You guys apparently ( evidently ) don't have the same level of pain I have seeing all these former friends every time I run errands here in a small town.
I won't be mean, I'll just blurt out whatever truth I see fit for the occasion.
All they know is, their once good friend went APOSTATE 4 years ago.
Only one in this town's history that I am aware of.
Got to live up to my reputation, I guess, because there's no recovery from that 'sin'.
Have I gone crazy?
Am I an asshole? Probably.
Do I care? Not particularly.
What if I were a dub and I rolled past the lit cart, made eye contact with my fellow servants of jah and gave a hearty 'thumbs up'? Totally cool, right?
I just went thumbs down instead.
Each to their own, Kairos.
Because you have opened up from the heart on this forum, I can see your deep-seated pain. The pain is not the issue - it is what you do with it that matters.
It is also a little unfair, though, for you to suggest that "you guys apparently (evidently) don't have the same level of pain I am seeing all these former friends..." People can be in deep pain but express it and/or manage it in different ways than you - it doesn't make anyone's pain any less important than anyone else's simply because they don't act it out in public.
Kairos, instead of living down to their expectations perhaps you could show them that you are still the same good man they always knew. Just a thought