Posted by on June 12, 2010 at 06:05:
In Reply to: Re: You write beautifully posted by CB on June 10, 2010 at 08:56:14:
I didn't post this, but have no objection to it staying. I certainly didn't intend to belittle the efforts of some FGA's, though I partially agree with 'the shamed' above, that there were few.
The creators of this site, for instance, have done a great job at informing the general public on TFI, and many of us SGAs are indeed grateful.
I agree that there are still people tithing to Zerby and Kelly, and the victory is not yet entirely complete, but I also feel that it is impossible for them to revive at this stage, certainly not as they were.
When I started to join others in the fight for the rights of children growing up in the group, I never imagined the time would come so soon when our siblings would be able to go to school, get jobs, be protected from abuse, follow their own dreams and live relatively normal lives. This was one of my goals, and everything I did was for my siblings and friends still inside the cult. I feel like in this, at least, we have won a great victory.
I understand there is still a lot of work to be done, but lets celebrate the triumphs as well.
Because we have lived in and fought against the group for so long, sometimes it's easy to let them define us, and there can be the fear that if they should really die out, what is left? Especially for us SGAs it's like hearing your species has become extinct, and you're one of the few remaining. Naturally, you try to cling to whatever remnants of your past remain, to remind yourself that it even existed and that you did in fact live in such a world.
I feel that we need to celebrate the victories, and not constantly dwell on the negatives. Words and ideas are powerful, and the more we speak about the 'death' of the cult, the more this idea will take root and spread through the group.
This of course is just my opinion, and one of the reasons I wrote what I did. Forgive me if it's made anyone bristle.
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