Quote: You are encouraged to ‘witness’ to everyone you come in contact with. This serves two purposes. One is the possibility of converting yet someone else (slim chance but possible) and the other is to alienate your friends and family.
They have to be careful what they say around you now because you’re likely to get on your soap box and start preaching to them.
Now you have virtually no friends and your family is very uneasy around you. You are reminded of how you were told at the beginning that once people saw that you were a worshipper of the true God that they would have nothing to do with you. You see them as right and you turn to the only source of human companionship now available to you…the brotherhood.- Frenchy
This is absolutely stunning in the fact that it's true - and I've never seen it that way. The cause and effect turned around. Guess that's what it means to think outside the box, or cage?
The WTBTS tells all new converts (within the first weeks of studying) that they will be persecuted by their families & friends. And for the reasons you gave (which I agree with) - usually someone does talk against the jw's - or those people just don't want to hear anymore about the jw's.
This is viewed as persecution, the new person pulls further away from family and friends, and is lonely.
you turn to the only source of human companionship now available to you…the brotherhood.
Dean Koontz couldn't have said it any spookier.
Thanks for the thinking, Frenchy.