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At 3:47pm on November 12, 2012, Nicky J. said…

Most likely, infact you will find that most of the Caribbean is that way. Jamaica, Haiti etc. And I travel to the US allot too so, I'm not really sure which would be the best.. So far I think the northern states like New York are better. I would like to move to Canada but for someone who grew up in constant heat, I'm a big wuss when it comes to the cold and snow! lol

At 10:35am on November 12, 2012, Nicky J. said…

Hi! Nice to meet everyone here.. and well, its actually the opposite really... In a way its much more religious than the US.... Much, much worse...

At 12:28am on November 11, 2012, Becky said…

No apologies needed. My week has been pretty crazy too. Actually pretty crazy is an understatement. I haven't even been back on here. Ugh.

Yeah, my family is a bit crazy, but that's a long story. JWs don’t provide any serious education. They have a two week “pioneer school” for people who have just completed their first year in full time preaching. Yes, I am the product of pioneer school. They also have a program they call Gilead, to prepare people to be missionaries in other lands. I think Gilead lasts a few months, enough to get the basics of a new language. Other than that, there’s elder’s school. I never would have qualified for elders school for gender reasons :) In reality, JWs expect every member to preach, although they recognize that not everyone will preach full time. They strongly push everyone to make time for full time service when possible, but they know that people need to eat. They do frequently remind members of the scripture that says “having sustenance and covering, be content with these things”, with the advice being that members should put service to god above materialism. There’s really not enough room here to explain just how far they’ve gone with this.

I can’t say going to school despite my parents says too much about my character. I didn’t go back to school till I was 29, and then it was absolutely necessary, because I knew I would be leaving my husband, and I couldn’t afford to raise my son on a minimum wage job. Your joke about wives being slaves was maybe a slight exaggeration, but still, amongst JWs wives were to be obedient to their husbands, and my husband complained that I wasn’t “submissive enough”. Yuck! By their standards, he’s right. By my standards, why the hell should I be submissive at all?!?!?! That just didn’t settle well with me. It was what I had been taught to believe was right, and I felt guilty for not being a “good enough” wife, but I still couldn’t be his servant. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a servant, but servants are not members of the families they serve…

I really don’t know what happened in Salem, except that people used fear to justify the murder of innocent people. I don’t understand how anyone could do something like that. I have a bad habit of imagining being a person in a story like that, but I can’t even imagine what would be going through the head of someone who coolly sends someone to death, on such ridiculous pretenses.

I hope your week was good. Three day weekend! Yay! I'm still contemplating a trip to San Francisco tomorrow. I love the city, and even though it's a bit of a drive, there's an amazing pizza place that I haven't been to since January. Mmmmmmmm.

At 11:09pm on November 10, 2012, Addie said…

Lol, you wimp.

At 11:03pm on November 10, 2012, Addie said…

YES!

I'll wear one too, and we can have a cow patty fight ;D

At 9:55pm on November 9, 2012, Addie said…

LOL I can only imagine you on a farm.... xD

At 9:54pm on November 9, 2012, Addie said…

Oh god, that would be funny. You might end up blowing your head off.

You know how crazy my aunt is, they're like the exact same, maybe worse.

..I only go, cause I like the farm animals ^o^ And it's close to Memphis.. Teeeheee

At 1:02pm on November 9, 2012, Emily Dietle said…

Haven't read WWZ (yet) but it's definitely in 'the stack.'

At 7:10am on November 9, 2012, Addie said…

Yeah. I don't know what's wrong with me. I spontaneously say random words with different accents. XD I guess it's cause I watched too many movies. Haha. I don't think you've hear it yet. Which is good, cause it's embarrassing! >_/p>

Talk to me when I'm visiting family in Arkansas, my inner redneck unleashes >:P

At 7:27pm on November 8, 2012, Addie said…

You sound like a hick to me. ;P

Just kidding~~

At 7:01pm on November 8, 2012, Addie said…

Sounds like you're saying No Idear. . You know like, no idea, but with an R . . . . Forget it.  XD

At 6:49pm on November 8, 2012, Addie said…

No eye deer! Get it? xD Muwahaha, I'm hilarious.

At 6:47pm on November 8, 2012, Addie said…

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

At 7:56pm on November 7, 2012, Addie said…

Oppa gangnam style! Eh~~~

At 2:06pm on November 7, 2012, Addie said…

Hello, crazy eyes :D

At 12:49pm on November 4, 2012, Becky said…

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?

At 8:07am on November 4, 2012, Becky said…

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? 

At 10:41am on November 1, 2012, Steph S. said…

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.

At 6:27am on October 31, 2012, Steph S. said…

Hey are you collecting the Halloween items in Team Fortress 2? I've been collecting them in TF2 - really good stuff. I got a Ghost Monkey.

Have a great day!

At 2:24pm on October 27, 2012, Steph S. said…

Hey Joseph! Thanks for joining my group on Steam and being my friend too.

Hope you have a great day.

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