Dave:Excellent post, btw (sorry I didn't mention it earlier - I took it as a given).
I believe I asked two reasonable questions, in light of the context of what I originally wrote.
If you don't want to answer...
I would want them to know the "truth" of what they are believing.
And that's my point. It's what YOU want, and (IMHO) not always of necessity in the bests interests of the individual.
This life is too short for any of us to waste time on things that are not true. The WT is a good example
On the contrary - the WT is an extreme example, and unfortunately one that may have coloured most of our perceptions...
Besides, isn't it up to the individual to choose what they want to waste their time doing and being interested in?
Everyone wants to believe in something, even if it's merely that the human race can aspire to something greater.
Can't you give someone 10/10 for effort, even if their achievement isn't up to par (in your estimation)?
...they cannot wait to harsh somebody else's buzz and become intolerant of behavior or beliefs that they once held dear.
I can understand the desire, because I'd like the WTS to fall, just as much as the next person. What I find hard to comprehend is going at it, hammer and tongs, with no reasonable alternative offered.
It's like the "pit-props" illustration. Providing something substantial and letting the false fall away.
Unless you provide something substantial to believe in, why would you want to just pull out all the pit-props in someones life? Just because it was done to you??
Humour a poor Brit - what's the "smurf set"???