If I quit Jehovah's Organization where can I go?
Wt policy really is be less than you can be.
I once heard a brother say that if he wasn't a Witness, he would probably be in the army or something; that he needed a structured kind of environment. Isn't that true of all of us humans, but especially some of us? We want the security that comes from being a part of an organization, and we are willing to subsume our identity into the group in order to get the benefits that come from it.
Perhaps for some, like Terry, the reward was more of an intellectual one, but I personally didn't view the "truth" as intellectually exciting; rather, I treasured the security it gave me. I don't mean the fact that 'only Witnesses will survive Armageddon' -- as I mentioned in another thread, I never believed that all unbelievers would be destroyed. It wasn't specifically about the fear of Armageddon. Rather, the main draw for me was the security that came with having a moral code and a structure to my life that was handed to me, readymade. I also enjoyed the feelings of superiority and specialness that it gave me ("Wow, only one out of a thousand!").
When you think about our nature as social animals, it's not surprising that we are willing to attach ourselves to a group that harms us in some ways but brings other benefits (never mind whether they are benefits based in reality; this is not about reality but about perception). It would be remarkable if someone went through life and didn't partially subsume their identity into some group! This is how we learned to survive as a species. Unfortunately the instincts do work against us when we allow ourselves to be misled into joining, or scared out of leaving, a group that really isn't good for us.