The Mahikari They Don't Want You To Know

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Just a quick post to thank all the ex-members of SM who have helped so much recently. I appreciate the encouragement and support, and thanks for the links on your pages. I don't get around to this enough, but I hope soon to get everyone added on my links section. In the mean time, I will be doing some more research, and I will be preparing my text for the interesting phenomena I have experienced and continue to experience as a result of SM.


At 8:17 PM, Blogger Anne said...

...and thanks to you for the posts you are publishing and the astute comments you are leaving on our blogs!

Its great to have another perspective in the mix.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Thank you Anne. I hope we will see many more ex-members join us. Given estimates of a 50% drop-out rate, I suspect there are many folks out there who could lend more valuable insight as well. Unfortunately, I am almost certain they could also contribute some really tragic stories. I personally know of at least one member who died from cancer, and I suspect there are scores of people whose families were ruined by this.

I don't wish to put an added burden on anyone, but I really wish there were a simpler way of translating Japanese, as I know you mentioned a Japanese discussion board. I have tried the google translator, and it really isn't sufficient, tho if you have a sense of humour it can create some really funny reading. Hopefully we can bridge that gap soon.

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi again,

I really think the drop-out rate would be higher than 50%. I'm just going on guesswork here.

I'm guessing that the current membership figures are VERY roughly the same as 20 years ago (and I don't know what they were then!). Kenshus are held fairly regularly...what would be a reasonable estimate of the number of new members per year?

Multiply that by 20, and you have a very rough figure for the number of people who have left in the last 20 years.

I realize I'm not being very helpful here!!!

What do people actually mean by "dropout rate"? Is this the number who leave per year in relation to the current total membership? The number who leave per year compared with the number who join per year? Or something else?

If numbers remain roughly stagnant, doesn't that mean close on 100% drop-out rate?

Is there a statistician out there who can clarify all this?

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Great question. It is probably higher now given the truth has been revealed. I suspect they would be having a difficult time gaining new members. Perhaps Asher can fill us in a little on what might be going on since he may be a more recent ex than some of us...

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Asher Kennedy said...

You are an awesome person. You add a different perspective to the mix and we are all glad to have you as a friend and as an ally.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Thanks Ash. The feeling is mutual!


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