Faithful readers have found a lot of wisdom in the comments made by "-9 years of lies" and today he made a great suggestion about sharing stoies. (That was what was so cathartic about the ex-legionaries discussion board, now defunct.) So I'll begin a new thread with his words:
When you think about it, we have so many stories to share. And not all are bad. It's been weird- when I left I took the good and left the bad. Then the scandal broke, and everything I knew to be true was turned unside out, and I struggle with what is good and bad.
I was talking to my mom (thank God for mom...) and she was reminding me about the number of families that broke up over the LC. Parents who disagreed because Bannon or Diaz-Torre asked them to drop everything and move to God knows where and run a school. Kids who were uprooted. Marriages ended because 1 brainwashed person couldn't believe his/her spouse didn't buy into "God's will".
My point- so much collateral damage. Granted, nothing is worse than the abuse (sexual and then mental) of those poor victims. But there has been real damage done by this order- and that's why I advocate it's demise. Dignum et iustum est.
And seen through that lens it's obvious what a corrupt, cult like organization the LC is.
My exLC brothers- remember going on hike and if you saw another group you couldn't TALK to them?? Seriously- how odd is that. You can't talk to them... because... why?
Remember Cheshire- feast days, 300 people in the house, and if you were serving lunch and a PC came in, you couldn't TALK to them? Wait- why can't I talk to the PCs?
Why couldn't B talk to A? Novices to Juniors? Philosophers to Theologians? Aren't we (weren't we) one Legion?
What fucked up stuff we did- and it all made sense because we were BRAINWASHED. Through the lens of normal peoplehood- you see this makes no sense. Anzi, it's crazy and wrong. That's not a family. That's not a community. It's fucked-upness.
I'd like to start a thread of crazy stories and memories like that- because for me at least, it's healthy to now look at it and laugh. And it might actually do some healing.
And you 3gs who didn't exist (yeah, but we knew you were staring at us... we were some fine looking boys in those collars...) I'd love to hear your stories too.
Cause we've got to get past all this. And sharing, laughing, poking fun- it's got to happen to help us, as we continue to fight the more important, more canonical battle for the end of the LC and the rights of the true victims.
Anyone else want to dig into the way-back machine and extract some memories? Good, bad, and ugly -- should be good for some laughs and tears. My theory is: any bona-fide feeling is good, at this point.