You're right, it would be crazy if JWs at times frown on getting a high school education, but somehow, in some areas, they really can be that crazy. In my congregation, "homeschooling" was very popular, as a way to shield the kids from the world. Homeschooling largely consisted of bible study and preparing for preaching work. Not all JWs are like that. I had one friend whose parents strongly encouraged college, but that was an exception. My own family didn't force anybody to quit high school, but the preference was clear. Drop out of school to spend more time preaching, and be treated special. Continuing school meant my parents were much more harsh. I dropped out after 9th grade, and didn't return to school until I was 29 yrs old. Walking into a classroom after that many years out, with just a GED for a diploma, was very intimidating, but so worth it.
I'm glad to hear a different perspective on Revelation. I don't know much about other religious beliefs. To JWs, Revelation is a book of prophetic visions. They believe John really saw these things as if they were actually occurring to him. Of course, we all dream, but if those things happen today in a waking state, I'm tempted to call it a hallucination, especially if he cannot distinguish between the vision and reality. I like the code idea. Having to get a message to people, but making sure unintended recipients can't get the real message by disguising it as a story about visions, if that's what you meant.
I don't really know how much of a drug problem there was, but drugs can be accidentally introduced. If I remember correctly, there's speculation that due to some flooding that occurred at that time, a hallucinogenic fungus grew on crops in Salem at the time of the Salem witch trials. Of course, we have no way of knowing if something like that happened in bible times, but it does seem possible. Even without drugs, psychosis can happen, due to genetic predisposition and environmental stressors. That said, I think the main reason for religion isn't psychosis, but a desire to explain events that aren't currently understood, as well as a means of societal control. Those are just my opinions though; I'm not a cultural anthropologist, so I my only basis for those opinions is speculation.
Is the comedy going well? Getting started in entertainment seems a daunting task, but worth it if things go well. Do you use media to reach more people?
Thanks for the comment! I just ran into Nexus yesterday, and I wanted to join in and meet people, but was feeling a bet nervous about breaking the ice.
I think you may be thinking of Mormons. JWs don't have colleges. They fear education, because to them, it leads people to "put man's wisdom above God's". They're generally ok with education up to high school, but other than that, they believe education should come straight from the Watchtower Society. I first realized this, when, as a kid I told my mom I wanted to be a Psychologist when I grew up. She immediately shot that down because 1) Jehovah doesn't like Psychology, and 2) Jehovah's Witnesses don't go to college. I was heartbroken. Fortunately I no longer believe that B.S.
I'm with you on Psychology and religion. Even as a kid, it seemed clear that the biblical people who were "possessed by demons" were suffering psychosis. And the entire book of Revelation is just a compilation of hallucinations. When I finally began studying Psychology, I was able to see the control tactics that religions used to keep their members.
So, I see your an aspiring novelist. I've also always wanted to write, but every time I try, I never finish more than a chapter or two. Do you have anything you'll be publishing soon?
Oh hey There! You play the Halloween map in TF2 and fight Merasmus. Then you get drops and gifts during the game. You get achievements too. If you don't want to do it that way you can buy them in the in-game store. There's a Halloween package you can get.
My choice to claim the agnostic title has nothing to do with family, friends or the social disapproval I might face. it's simply because I'm still on the fence about it. Not trying to piss anyone off, just going off of my own personal beliefs and disbelief's
Hi Joseph! Thanks for contacting me. I am brand new at this site. I will be celebrating 2 years clean on the 10th of October. The only programs in my area are AA and NA. I have been with NA for the whole time of recovery. I am seeking for alternatives to assist me in my recovery...really struggle with the "Higher Power- God thing". Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)
I mainly consider myself an Illustrator who uses mixed media of colour pencils, markers, acrylic paints, and whatever else I can mesh to accomplish my goals. I have however done an apprenticeship as a Tattoo Artist for a small amount of time but that's a whole other animal all together as well as time in my life. I actually work a small job to make ends meet but on my free time I do my art whenever I can, as long as my hands are doing something artistic I am a happy duck which means anything like sidewalk chalk drawing to doodling the universe is the limit. Hey and the Toronto Maple Leafs are awesome but to each their own homer team. LOL
Thanks for the comment. The Mormons are very passionate about "Zion" because when the pioneers were wandering out this direction they were searching for "zion" - a place they could marry as many women as they wanted (otherwise known as "worshipping how they choose") without persecution. Utah was dubbed "zion" by them, hence the "zion curtain" reference. :)