Xanthippe: Watched it with the sound off - it's late here. Interesting just watching the pictures. Just people havind fun, brightly dressed, eating with their friends, kids having fun. Lovely people trying to enjoy their lives. They deserve better than all these lies. I'm not bitter about these lovely people who just want to enjoy life but they are weighed down with rules. That's all, I'm having trouble putting this into words, it's late.
Did we watch the same video? I didn't see people brightly dressed, eating with their friends, etc. Seriously, maybe we're talking about two different videos.
If we're talking about the same video, then I wouldn't call them "lovely people". Some of them might be good, but I think most are not. They're corny, self-righteous, smug, overly confident, unreasonable, etc. Probably many, if not most, are ignorant, uneducated, and at the lower end of the intelligence spectrum. I'm a serious seeker of truth; I'm a spiritual person. Yet if I tried to have a reasonable discussion with these people, asking good questions, they would want to stone me.
JWs waste precious time and resources that could be used to help humans and animals that are sick, starving, and otherwise in need of help. They smugly think they and they alone are the people of God. They think they have the truth and we are ignorant and weak for even thinking about questioning them or their super Jedi knight GB. I have seen several JWs lately who were friendly to me, but condescending. They didn't realize they were being condescending; it wasn't in an arrogant way. But they just acted like they were comforting a sick or weak puppy. They told me they'd pray for me, etc. as if it's a given that they have the truth and I want to be with them but am just weak.
So I think that most don't "deserve better than all these lies". I think most deserve what they are getting. It takes strength and intelligence and reasonableness and other good qualities to wake up and get out. Most don't have those good qualities.