posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:30 PM
reply to post by sir_slide
sir_slide i can relate to your story from what happened with my brother years ago. he too is a very talented musician type. but his downhill slide was
easily traceable to his marriage going to pieces and it took a toll on him. he was pretty much a broken spirit in need of a band-aid when he somehow
became affiliated with a certain religious group.
accordingly his beliefs and behaviors changed sharply. he choose to go through life for many years with blinders on. as in many religious groups, they
like to completely immerse their new brethren in their world as totally as possible, making certain very little free time is spent on other
over the years my brother associated deeply with this religion three times, each time for several years. the last time served as his wake-up call. he
married a woman of that faith, whose father was a long-time respected elder in their local Kingdom Hall. one day she 'found' my brothers notebooks,
journals which he has kept for years that he uses to self-analyze his behavior patterns. yes, i know, writing things down on paper is viewed as
foolish. still, this was his private journals, tucked away, for his eyes only.
his wife took it upon herself to take my brothers personal writings to the elders of their Kingdom Hall. they made copies of every page, and each of
the leaders of that 'church' read my brothers private writings at length. then they dressed him down and took away the privileges he had earned in
their place of worship.
this was a great wake-up call for my brother. he was crushed and deeply hurt by what these people did. he soon wound up divorced and he disassociated
himself from the Kingdom Hall, that religion and the people associated with it. he could have easily won a lawsuit against them for their actions but
he isn't that type of person. in the end, it was for the best. he saw these people for who and what they really are. these days he is happy by
himself, single, and back with his music.