While looking at the PDF of the new "reduced in size is a blessing from Jah" WT for January 2013, I noticed this latest sickening "How the Bible changed my life" article. Under the history banner is listed "prodigal son". (I also noted the person was born the same year as me.) The article was very sickening in being a one in a million article of a JW child growing up and leaving the org. This of course took the young man down a path of addiction, using, and selling drugs. The "before" picture is even a hilarious, stoner-looking faced expression of the young guy wearing *gasp* a stocking hat and having LONG HAIR! Anyway, the whole article smacks of urban legend and complete unreality. We, on this forum know that the odds of people genuinely going back to the WT because a person realizes "it was the truth all along" are slim to nil.
So getting back to my title for this thread, I do think this is a blatantly cruel article for the brainwashed JW parents who have children who have left. The article tries to "soothe" them by having the young man go out of his way to say that the parents didn't do anything to deserve him leaving and that the parents were good and decent! What this really is doing is trying to wipe out the idea that maybe the child was onto something in deciding to leave at great consequence. And is most cruel in instilling false hope in the parents that their child would ever return when we all know what an extremely rare occurence that is once you break free of the mind control.
Lastly, perpetuating this false hope helps to goad the parents along to hopefully continuing to shun their own flesh and blood, which is a tall order but one which the Watchtower Society seems insidiously good at somehow. How tragic for these naive people to be manipulated and reduced down to infant-level at the behest of a group of old men in New York City pretending to be god!