My thanks to all who replied, Seven, so good to see your name. I hope all is well with you. You and the old crew first drew me to this site way back when H20 was up and running. I am grateful. Keep on Keep'n On!
Kim, give them time. Your your emotions will stretch to fit the facts and you will despise the whole cult too. When I first left I thought they were just sincerely wrong, honestly searching christians. As I learned to appreciate the magnitude of their greed, the coldness and implications of their lies and the worldwide sameness of their syncophants, my disgust and hatred swelled to match their deeds. I mostly hate the leaders and the "Organization" itself, I try to help and enlighten the poor misguided "other sheep" though I have been inspired by contact to despise a few individual hypocrites who earned it.
TR, nah, they are birds of a feather, and share common traits. The good thing is they are a passing bubble of sewage in a fairly clean sea of people. Most people reject the lies and the coldness, hence their slowed growth rates, the enormous turn over of members and the high rate of children "Raised In the Truth" that exit as soon as possible. As for the leaders old and new well, the fouler parts of sewage sink to the bottom of the tank, and they are on the way down. The rest flow on out and are clensed. It is only when I come in contact with the source that I remember the stench at all. The good thing is that once you smell it you can recognize it anywhere! I won't be fooled again.
Rayzorblade - "But in some respects, I know now, we'd be on two such different wavelengths, that'd it be like talking to a stranger. I guess.....that's to be expected." Yep, that is to be expected. You are not a cult member. You have a heart and think for yourself. Their wavelength is sent out from "The Slave" who is their Master and for whom they sacrifice friends like you and me, and their children, wives, husbands, parents or anyone else that is critical of their "Slave" master. Seeing Jews treated like dirt became normal to Germans. We can never forget just how cruel and unchristian these people really are. I imagine if you hang around a few close family members that won't speak to you for a while, you could get your edge back!!! I hope that never happens of course.
Thank you Lauralisa, it always feels good to know there are those like you and Seven and the others who stand beside you in the fight, though my fight is not contingent upon support. They are really evil, rotten people who hurt a lot of idealistic and trusting people. They use blackmail and lies like you and I use stamps.
Thanks to all of you from the bottom of my heart for sharing a strong, an intense hatred for the LIE that is the Jehovah's Witnesses. Godspeed if your path is against them.