The older I get, the more I see that the collective intelligence of people isn't too high. I lump myself in on that.
When I first left, I was so conflicted. Do I try to help others by bringing down the WTBTS? Well, that isn't happening. What about being a sort of online support? That's hard for me to do, and I probably am not too good at that.
I think the only thing I can really bring to the table is to just be honest.
For one thing, it seems like it will be a long time if ever before my life is completely free of the effects of being born and raised as a JW.
And, for the record, I did believe it for a while, esp. when it was convenient for me as I was climbing up the borg company ladder. My one saving grace is that the higher up you go, the more you see what the GB is all about for real, and I am proud of myself for leaving after I saw it. I don't beat myself up for that too much. I was a kid, then a young man who was lied to and taken advantage of.
I stand here before you all with nothing to show for my 20's, except that I had the dignity and respect for myself to not let them claim anymore of my life.
Was I an idiot in retrospect for believing it and being willing to turn off my brain? Yeah. I have to be honest. Also, I wanted to be the man. Da man!
The great thing though is, by being honest, I can also be the biggest threat to JW's, a practicing human being, with my brain turned on and engaged.
You know, you can try to bring down "the organization". You can try to expose what most people rightly just ignore.
This forum does more damage then probably most resources on the internet simply because it allows for the free exchange of ideas. Yeah, morons abound here too. Fundies and Ahab ex JW's are here trying to go about it the wrong way.
I should probably say that my efforts to just forget I was ever a JW for me wasn't the most productive way to deal with it. I think I will forever be a bit lonely for what I have had to amputate off. But, if everyone had my problems, the world would be a better place.
Anyway, I am in a good place right now, just with the scars to show where I have been, the experiences of a 60 year old to make me a little older then I should be.
One day, I will learn to lighten up and have some fun. Hopefully. In the meantime.......................