Thanks for insights, everyone. I had a lengthy set of phone conversations this week with an old high school friend and neighbor who has been a PIMO (Physically in mentally out) and (POMI ) back and forth, JW for the last 10 years. He said last weeks Watchtower outlining it's new, new, old, stand on child abuse was the last straw and Sunday was his "last meeting". Fingers crossed, leaving a lifelong death cult can be difficult.
I re-read the NYT story before bed, and asked 3rd gen "at what age do most kids stop believing in an all-knowing magical guy named Santa Claus who rewards good children and knows when you've' been bad?" She thought...for a minute and said "about 6".
"3rd Gen, at what age did we stop believing in a magical guy that would get even with bad people for us, and reward us with a magical petting zoo in the Swiss Alps, where an African lady would deliver Pineapples on her head to our everlasting arthritis free picknic? "She smiled sheepishly and said ".....our 60s........."
That NYT quote keeps rolling around in my mind:" "indoctrination that so severely limits the formation of an adult psychology that many don’t ever achieve maturity in the way secular society conceives of it, a state of empowered capability that permits complex life choices" bam.