a great line from"Cold Comfort Farm" and one I think of often when I reminisce on my awakening from a lifetime of being soaked in the Watchtower environment. If I had never been immersed in the org by my appointment as an elder I might never have had an opportunity to peek into the woodshed.
I took the position seriously and threw myself into serious study. I thought I must understand every utterance from the Faithful and Discreet Slave. Involved prophetic studies of various subjects accompanied by the pertinent Hebrew and Greek word deconstructions were my meat and bread. My posititon put me into Judicial Committee matters where I did my best to apply this information to real life flesh and blood cases with people who were having life changing problems. I was a member of committees that disfellowshipped people who took our decision as a death sentence.
Then "I saw something nasty in the woodshed". I saw the Watchtower reverse itself on matters that I had already enforced. These reversals were always handled on the down low and were worded in such a way that it was almost like it was my fault to have understood them as I did. No apology could be detected in these reversals. Rather, they seemed to take these occasions to boast about their greater spiritual understanding of matters. Ain't it great to be in Jehovah's light?
Nothing was ever mentioned about going back to those who had been deeply affected by wrong info. and trying to help them recover from the harsh effects of cold Watchtower justice.
Nasty business indeed. Glad I acted on what I saw.