Welcome to JWN Newly Enlightened & Gojira!
That story sounds like at least the elder giving the talk, if not the entire BOE, really had it in for you. As hard as it was at the time, in the big scheme of things they actually did you an unwitting favor since it helped you finally exit the Borg. (Still a very unloving thing to do.)
We had a Circuit Overseer that was a complete "Old School" hard a$$. He'd berate parents and little kids that were being allowed to doze during his snoozy talks. He tried to impose a ban on denim, etc.
His hard-core approach was helpful in waking up my wife and children. Thank you very much Brother Jack Ass!