It would be good for all Newbies to read it as they come on here, it may help them to get over their anger and pain quicker, and to direct their energies in productive ways to chip away at the WT.
Hopefully it's useful to others. I was thinking of what helped me to get over feeling angry and reach some peace of mind and the whole "accept the things you you cannot change" definitely applies. The more I thought about it the more I realized that as much as I despise religion and the stupidity of it, it's better to allow people to have it because the choice to have it is a valuable freedom that more than compensates.
We need a balance of religion being controlled so it is not allowed to act out it's excesses or break any existing laws but if people want to believe in fairies they should be able to without being harassed for it. If we can harass them for that, what can people harass us for?
I honestly believe that the most we can do is just not add to the madness. We can't change anyone. All we can do is present facts. If someone wants to be free of a cult/religion, then they will eventually be free.
We probably cannot bring down the WTBTS. I hate saying that. We can change ourselves and strive for personal honesty and integrity.
There's nothing inherently wrong with the desire as long as we keep it in check and don't let it take over our lives or drive us to do crazy things. At some point, it risks becoming just another obsession that we replaced our previous religion with.
But yes, I believe there is little you can do to "make" someone leave a religion other than make facts and information available to them for when things in their life trigger some awakening. Some people never get the trigger, others get it but have learnt to push it down - they aren't being forced to believe, they are choosing to believe.
What we often forget is that not everyone thinks and feels like we do. Some people want religion. Some people need religion - the "opium of the people". Some people want and need the WTS brand of religion. Whatever we do to try and destroy one will never destroy the demand or someone somewhere filling that need.
Over time increased education and freedom will hopefully continue to erode the demand and maybe one day we'll evolve past it as a species. It almost seems to be an accidental side effect of speech and community - it once served a need to explain the unexplained but people recognized it could also be used for power and control so it lingers on.
Until then, the best we can do is to be there for people who do wake up. I think it's easier for people to reach out for help if you have not been quite so antagonistic toward them when they were 'in'. That is why I find the messaging that JWs are somehow evil rather disappointing. Most JW's are not evil, they are just people trying to do the right thing but in a slightly misguided way. Some of their beliefs lead them to do things that occasionally hurt others but it is often done for good intentions.
We should make sure we're attacking the bad ideas and not demonizing the people who hold them as we hope to free the people from the beliefs one day.