I realized the other morning that it was twenty years ago that I started my exit. At the spring 1988 Circuit Assembly (I think it was in February or March) they absolutely hammered on the point that higher ed was a waste of time. Armageddon was going to happen any day now and there was no point in preparing for life in system that was about to end. My two oldest children were in middle school at the time and doing well. I did not want to see them grow up washing windows or whatever.
I had been sucked in during the pre-1975 hysteria and was already wary of the end of the world stuff. This one pushed me over the edge. I went home and asked myself "If we keep saying the world is about to end, doesn't it actually have to end some time?" I couldn't come up with any internally logical response to my own question.
I realized that the only things I knew about the organization was what they'd told me themselves. I began doing my own research, unkown to me my wife was doing the same thing, except her issues were doctrinal.
The trouble with all of this is that the WTBS says this stuff, and people believe and act on it. How many kids sitting at that CA are now stuck in dead end jobs waiting for the world to end? In the intervening time since we left my kids have been to college, I have a granddaughter, and generally speaking life has happened.
The world has yet to end.