These are just 3 things that I was shocked to learn when I was in the Org. They may not seem like big things to some, but they are to me.
1. Speakers at the D.A. had food catered to them. I thought we had to BRING OUR OWN food to the assemblies.
2. The "Green Handshake". I was in for over 20 years before I found out about this one. We were at a C.A. and this is the D.O.'s last assembly with our circuit. My wife tells me "My sister just gave the D.O. a check". I said "What?" She said to look at the D.O. shaking hands and to see how after some of those hand shakes he would put his hand in his pocket. When he did that, he was putting money in his pocket. She says the same thing happens with the "Guest" speakers. She laughed at me and just couldn't believe I had never noticed. For me that was shocking.
3. I read an article, either in a WT/AW, or I read it on the WT "Official" website. It was about a brother in a country other than the U.S., who would not join the military and was probably going to jail. The thing about the article that shocked me was that the WTS emphasized that this was his choice, and his choice alone. No one told him to do it, nothing about how that is what we were taught to do from the Org., nothing.
So after teaching him he could not join the military, but if he did, he would be d.f.ed, but since he wouldn't join, he was on his own, he was basically hung out to dry. He was left in "no mans land".
Now, I'm thinking is the "Society" basically going to disown me, abandon me like they did this brother, when I try to do what THEY TAUGHT ME TO DO sometime in the future? Do you have any idea what that does to your confidence in "mother". Is it any wonder why I'm on J.W.D.?
Thanks for reading this and for letting me vent some of my anger and disappointment. These are not all the things that shocked me, but it's a good start.