I am so thankful that I was able to learn The TRUTH about The Truth TM (TTATT). I owe everything in my life to having left Watchtower Corp: my education, my position as a college professor, being able to write and publish, travel, family life, my beautiful children, being able to be openly gay -- and happy. Yes! Unlike those closeted homosexuals in The Truth TM , I do not have to be afraid to be who I am. I am a happy homosexual , with a family, children, a career, a gorgeous home, a new Mercedes and even a dog and a cat. (I bring these things up, because pretty much everything about me and my life would be heavily criticized by the JWs, indeed, I am the blacksheep of the family. It's NOT ok to be gay. It's NOT ok to be educated. Pet owners are even criticized! And imagine the tongues wagging in a hall over having a large, beautiful home and a new Mercedes. I'd be TORN APART in a KH!!!!)
Leaving Watchtower Corp made everything in my life possible. Happiness in The Org/The Society/The Corp would not have been possible -- EVER. I have no doubt about that. And, I have memories of a lot of misery growing up as JW. I am, therefore, so thankful to have learned TTATT.
It isn't that easy for everyone who learns TTATT. People are at different stages in their lives. Some wake up but still need to be "in" due to family, marriage, etc. Some can fade successfully. Others never learn TTATT and that probably is a good thing for them.
I have relatives who are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. They cling to The Truth TM /Watchtower Corp. Their entire lives have been devoted to The Truth TM /Watchtower Corp. They have literally sacrificed everything for The Truth TM /Watchtower Corp. The amount of sacrifice -- financial, personal, family cannot be underestimated. They have literally sacrificed everything, including, in some cases, their very own lives. To know that it's all a big fantasy, and that they have been manipulated and controlled just would serve no real helpful purpose for them. They are elderly. Poor. Frail. They need the fantasy. They need to believe.
There may be those who learn TTATT but dearly wish that they could have gone on believing Watchtower lies. So what say you? Are you glad to have learned the real truth? Do you wish you hadn't?
I am certainly very grateful that the man behind the curtain has been revealed.