Jws woke me up and exjws helped me feel good about waking up.
The hypocrisy, blindness, and sometimes cruelty of the members kept me from the deepest levels of delusion. I was able to forgive them, but I was able to make sound decisions about some things.
I went to college.
I did not pioneer.
I did not apply to Bethel.
The one jw who helped me the most was Tony Morris. I saw him give a talk in 2012. I felt sorry for him because of his obvious PTSD from Vietnam. But I was shocked no one cut the mike on him or even objected to his insanity. Then I saw him addressing the whole English speaking world in the 2014 Annual Meeting. It was de ja vu, with no one jumping up to stop his crazy rant. I realized I was paralyzed by mind control, so I could not object either. I assume the other GB agree with him. That woke me up and shocked me. But the exjw community and fellow PIMOs have helped steady my nerves.