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seconded, wholeheartedly. (though I wasn't a JW - brought up in the  
PBs - I know what you're saying about peer-pressure - or perhaps  
"pier-pressure" might be a more adequate word.)

Wesley Parish

On 11/11/2011, at 10:20 PM, Koppa Dasao wrote:

> Been there, done that, seen the movie and got the T-shirt.
>
> I used to be JW until about 20 years ago, and please keep all the
> "lucky you"-crap flushed down the toilet where it belong. I've got no
> beef to grind with them, only with other former JWs that hate JWs, and
> spread naught but crap about them.
> Anyway, there used to be a lot of hype around 1975 and the years
> leading up to the 1980ies. It cost a lot of people their life, both
> monetary, mentally and even physically.
>
> You wondered if such stories affected people... I would have to answer
> that, from experience, with a ear shattering YES!
> If you still got ears left, I'll tell you a bit more. Within such
> societies or groups that hype up the end of the world, the more or
> less constant talk about the end being near will affect anyone within
> the group. As such groups are also closely knitted the chance or
> opportunity for less dramatic input is less likely. Some people will
> tend to use words like brainwashing and control, but in most
> apocalyptic groups it's plain old peer pressure that does the work.
>
> There's no difference between JWs and urban war gangs. The peer
> pressure, the need to fit in, or at least to seem to fit in, corners
> you into the mentality of the group. If the peer pressure also limits
> outside influence, you'll end up living and dying within the group and
> for the group. If you are able to leave such groups, joining opposing
> groups are the worst thing you could do. The damage on your soul from
> one peer pressure group can only get worse by joining an opposing peer
> pressure group. Such a group could destroy you even more than the one
> you left.
>
> So..., be careful, not just IRL, but also when playing around with
> peer pressure groups in you consociety.
>
> And finally, please don't take my speech as is was only about JWs,
> their likes, and urban war gangs. The dangers are the same in any peer
> pressure group, even this list.
>
> Koppa Dasao
> ___
> Левіѕаніҍ ҩнј зерен неьі ƒłе.
> Hypertension is murder on the kidneys.
>
>
>
> 2011/11/10 Brian <[log in to unmask]>:
>> With 2012 just around the corner and all the hype about the end of  
>> the world being rumored I thought of something my conworld is  
>> lacking. I haven't developed a mythology yet concerning how my  
>> world is to be ended.
>>
>> In the real world it seems the Armageddon stories dictate [some;  
>> most?] people's lives: how they think, how they act, what their  
>> daily routines are, etc. What are the stories some of you have  
>> come up with, if any at all?
>>