This has been playing on my mind all evening.
I feel so sorry for those kids who had nothing but a steady diet of WT propaganda. I remember taking my kids to the back of the hall and walking back and forth with them to keep them quiet. But if I was interpreting their father was caring for them. If they didn't sit still, or fell asleep or weren't paying attention he would reach over and swat them or pinch them (I would find the marks from that when they were dressing for bed at night). And if that didn't work there were threats and a trip downstairs for a few swats and then a lecture whern we got home. I remember the screams of little kids downstairs getting walloped because they couldn't sit still.
If you joined up as an adult you didn't have some one slapping you to pay attention. Or to wake up. You didn't have to worry about getting a spanking or lecture when you got home. You didn't have someone ignoring your pleas of sickness if you decided to miss a meeting or cancelled service on a Sat morning.
Some of these kids had that for years! How anyone can say it doesn't count as much as someone who made the choice to go in is beyond me.
Don't get me wrong. I think the adult joiners still have plenty of their own issues. They are just different.
The experience of getting involved is different and the experience of getting out is different.
But it is all bad