I'm fuming mad because of having slaved and agonized for JWdom... having faced guns and broken bones and suffered immensely because of JWdom... having put up with decades of $hit because of JWdom. I lost my life. And it's not like I just wasted my life. One can waste his life lying on the couch watching TV. I suffered for three decades - never even having a weekend off to be able to lie on the couch. We literally used to like to get the flu because we would be able to stay home and watch TV on Saturday morn. I wish my life had just been wasted lying around relaxing; at least that would have been fun. I suffered and paid to. Now that I'm in the working world, I see how badly JWs screwed me. My company pays for the use of my car, reimburses for me for out-of-town meals, etc. JWs made me reimburse them for my years of hard work.
Recently I was talking with an old school friend who studied with JWs a little bit. I was telling him how I lost three decades and have no chance to retire. I was comparing my life to another friend of ours (we're all three the same age), and I was lamenting how that other friend is now retired and making more in retirement than me and my wife together, both of us working full-time. The friend I was talking with said "yeah, but he (the third friend) didn't like his job." I said "well hell, I didn't like mine, either and he was getting paid $120,000 a year to the job he didn't like; I was paying to do the job I didn't like." I said "Just imagine your work for the last thirty years. Suppose you virtually never had a day or night off - no weekends, etc. You always felt behind - like you could never keep up and do enough. Now take away every paycheck and any financial compensation you ever received. Now imagine that you paid your company to work for it and that you will never retire." He got the point.