Yet, each of us has a personal sense of whether things are getting better for us or not.
My first reaction was to think of this strictly in terms of money, or at least success. I suspect that's because I was convinced I'd never have to worry about getting old and the health issues and retirement issues associated with that. And yet, I think I've fared better than many JWs in that arena at this point in life.
Thus, moving on to the BIG PICTURE, are things better or worse? Well, that's a matter of perception. Being a JW is like have Dr. Kervorkian assigned as your heathcare provider when no one else is able to find a doctor. Lucky you! As long as you don't know the "truth" about him, well you feel GREAT!
Every JW thinks they are Special. Jehovah has "drawn" them to Him because they are "Special". ONLY THEY (and a very small Special select group are on the narrow path to living forever in Panda Paradise. The rest of the blinded "fools" are eating, drinking, making merry money and headed off into destruction. HAH! Suckers!
But suddenly (OK, s...l...o...w...l...y ) the blinders come off and BAM! you ain't $h!t -- you've been swindled! Your youth, your time, your money is all gone! But so are all the "promises" for those who were "Special". Well, sssssheeee-it!
SO...........are you closer to a better life? Or, not?
Better (or worse) than the fantasy you used to believe? Or, better or worse in the "real world"?
I think that depends on how far you are into this new "journey". And, how the new steps you are taking have helped you along mentally, financially, socially, physically, etc etc. How well and how fast have you dealt with the "shock"? (Yes it is a SHOCK!) How are you "set up" in light of your age and expected lifespan? ('cause you ain't gonna live forever dude!)
And even at that point. . . . it's still a matter of perception as there is no one standard rule to measure it.
Hope each of you is convinced you are on the way to better things! (Yeah . . . it's the "blue pill" thing again.)