Nice map-of-the-pitfalls, Jeff. I agree with you that it's a jungle out there, but people pay good money for adventures in the jungle . My only critique of your article is with the title, and to some extent the tone of the first few paragraphs. My thinking is that the instant a person allows themselves to think "wow, the governing body are just flat out wrong on that one".... even if that person has been brutally disfellowshipped - their life is about to get a whole lot better! Much Much MUCH better. Well, you know.... if they have the right attitude.
Being a Jehovah's Witness sucks. Bigtime. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Learning you were wrong, and that the world can make a little sense, and that your lovely worldly neighbors are not condemned to die, is WONDERFUL. It really is all good. Except for that painful, lose-all-your-family-and-friends thing. But hey, what are yah gonna do? It's certainly worth a valiant effort to get them out, but don't get your hopes up too much. Mourn them like a death, while enjoying the hell out of being free. Have a little Schadenfreude for the ones you didn't really care that much about anyway ;)
Attitude is everything. And while everyone is going to have their own "attitude" by virtue of their unique personalities, to the extent anyone can influence anyone else' attitude that influence ought to be towards the "Leaving Jehovah's Witnesses is a Positive, Happy Thing To Do, but..." spectrum.
Because it is.
I can think of many examples from this web-site of people who either A) took literally years, and painful years at that, to become a semi-comfortable worldly* person, or B) took a relatively short, wonder-filled few months to become a happy, comfortable worldly person.
Admittedly it's easier to find more examples of the former than the latter; but I can't help but think attitude has a lot to do with that. I'm not blaming the victim here, the Watchtower has carefully poisoned-the-well; they've made the jungle a dangerous, scary place. But let's not do their work for them. Attitude is everything. Compared to being a Jehovah's Witness, being "worldly" is better, MUCH better. Better is good.
*I like "worldly" here, because it conveys getting to equal footing with everyone else in the world. Not "apostate", not "ex-JW", just worldly. You'll always be those things, but the end-state is just to not-be-a-JW, you know, like 6 billion other people.