I remember when that came out, my mother didn't catch it in the original article in the WT. It was in one of the review "Do You Remember" thingies that she caught it. She asked me if it means what she thought it meant. I told her yes, and it took her a while to wrap her head around it, to compartmentalize it so she could move on.
She was an old woman at that point and knew her time was short. I understand that she had invested most of her life in the organization.
What I don't understand is why there wasn't a mass exodus from the religion when they came up with that bullshit. I would have thought half would have left. I guess mind-control is a powerful thing!