objective comments about the Watchtower organization are hard to come by. Most active JW's are loathe to admit to any defects in the organization; most of you who commented are unwilling to recognize anything positive about it. Both sides are hopelessly biased. It is not just the JW organization that doesn't like too many questions being asked; quite a few ex-witnesses apparently feel the same way, judging by some of the replies. It is a mentality that strikes out and attacks those who even hint at disagreeing, calling them insincere, ignorant or evil.
Sociologist-thank you for your insightful comments. These were long standing feelings have always felt about this board and certain posters. But not all are fanatical. Tho I found some peoples replies to your honest and insightful questions a little sad because they seemed to play right into the fanaticsm you had pointed out.
Coming from supposedly liberated minds I find that strange and can only hope that this message board is not representative of the majority of ex-witnesses, who hopefully resist wallowing in self-pity and complaining about how badly they've been treated and get on with their lives.
I too have also felt this way. For some they do rejoice, and for others they seem to rejoice in a way that shows itself in hate and hurt feelings. In fact some of my posts and replies to people have been those same words "Get on with it" and it was never recieved with much warm feelings, but rather quick and spiteful attacks. What I have come to learn from that is all people deal with their emotions in different ways. Some will get over it, others never will.
I for one do feel moderate. There are awful people all over the world with dirty little goals. Some of them are witnesses, some of them are not, and some of them are ex-witnesses. I have always made it my aim in life to not make blanket generalizations. Fairmindedness and open to possibilites is often difficult. Especially having been subjected to the control of the WTS. I do understand while people feel the way they do, but some of the attacks, conspiracy theories, and overly sensitive posts here do make me scratch my head, and say to myself "well that's where the witnesses get the idea that Apostates are whack jobs"
I wish you all the luck with your questions, and don't be surprised if you get lots of hatemail. I hope I am mistaken. But I enjoyed your post regardless of if you posted here before, under a different name, how old you are, or what your status is with the organization. I hope you continue to post as well...