GORBATCHOV- Interesting. So some of your relatives DOUBT the generation teaching- but stay IN the witnesses for family because they regard it as a HOBBY ? Wow. Incredible. Pretty damaging hobby I'd say.
MARY- I'm so sorry about your sister losing her husband in death. I can understand that she needs lots of support for quite awhile in being near familiar people in the witnesses. It may not be the right time for her to find out the " truth " about JW doctrines, very true - but the more emotional ssupport she receives from non-witness relatives or fading witnesses like you in a real, human ( non-cult ) authentic way - she may begin to see that people even OUTSIDE the JW cult show her love too. As Steve Hassan says - In ANY huge life change a person is looking at life very deeply and seriously - so a person is more vulnerable to " cult mind control " while going through changes. Keeping that in mind - you can be there for her for sure- as I know you already have been ! Keep appealing to her deepest human emotions - in time within herself changes may occur that you notice as years go by. Good luck with her - tell her lots of friends of yours wish her the best. Hang in there.
SOLDIER 77- I too found out over the years how fickle my " conditional " JW friends could be. Friends I had for years started jumping off the ship like rats when finding out I had stopped attending meetings. Who needs THOSE kinds of friends ?
BLONDIE- My thoughts exactly. If JW's start looking at being a JW as a hobby - WT society is in REAL trouble. It will produce lots more controlling type articles in the " Witness only " WT . WT society can't lose control of their subjects.
MAD SWEENEY- I don't think JW families TRUST each other ENOUGH to talk openly about their doubts. Everybody is so mind controlled to rat each other out at the 1st signs of doubts - creating paranoia - i.e. APOSTASY !!! - that I feel it would be more of an individual thing with family members exiting the cult. I know at least for myself - I doubted the " generation " doctrine as far back as 1989 - but stayed on as a JW until 2003 - due to FEAR of negativity from JW relatives if I spoke out loud about my doubts. It's a horrible way to live actually. Without open communication and trusting the cult allegiance over family allegiance. Pretty twisted.
YAN BIBIAN- I didn't see Mr. & MRS. Smith movie- what happened in it ? Peace out, Mr. Flipper