I agree with all of your outline points. Unfortunately, I can no longer use them, because I'm out, out, out -- officially DA'd -- and nobody would listen to me, period. So I have to wage an anonymous campaign (although some are wise to who is actually behind the info they are receiving).
Regarding writing the Society: At the time of my disassociation, I had begun to write an extremely LONG letter outlining my concerns to Broolyn. I found I had so many, and so much to say about them, and so many references to cite, that I could not BEGIN to edit them down enough to make a reasonable length. This with countless attempts to be concise and MORE concise! LOL What I wound up doing was giving up, and sending them a copy of the 1-page DA letter that I had sent first to the elders only.
So Kent, I have a few questions: What is the purpose of writing the Society? Most of the things I would point out to the GB or their minions are already well-documented and attested to (hence the 'form letter' replies) in their own literature, so in the end I considered a letter from little old me futile.
-- Does one write to seriously attempt to effect change within the Society? Fine. If so, mustn't this be done while the writer is still one of Jehovah's Witnesses and doesn't the very writing of said letter put that standing in jeopardy unless the letter is carefully crafted with a humble tone?
-- Does one write to inform the reader of the letter in the Service Department, to open his eyes to the Society's wrongdoing and error and damn the consequences to one's status?
-- Does one write to tell the Society off, not caring one whit if the letter effects change, but merely giving the Boyz in Brooklyn a piece of one's mind?
I think any and all of these are valid reasons to write the Society. But I think the writer of any letter to Brooklyn should have his/her purpose in doing so FIRMLY IN MIND and be convinced of the rightness regardless the outcome to her/his status as a Witness.
In like manner, when we write to relatives or friends, the PURPOSE of our letter writing must be clear to us. Are we trying to incite the recipient to leave the organization, reform the organization from within, or just provide facts from which we really, truly want them to form their OWN opinions and course of action (which may or may not be the opinions and reaction we would have to similar material)?
Next, I would like to know OldHippie's suggestions for how we SHOULD go about writing a letter to family or friends in the Witness Organization? OH, how would YOU compose a letter with a view to opening a meaningful conversation?
And finally, (and off-topic) I would like to convey Belated Birthday greetings to Zazu because somehow I missed doing so earlier this month!
Par dessus toutes choses, soyez bons. La bonte est ce qui ressemble le plus a Dieu et ce qui desarme le plus les hommes -- Lacordaire