Phizzycan remember the shock I experienced shortly after leaving when an XJW pointed out to me that " we all have to die", I had never confronted my mortality before.
It seems so obvious, doesn't it?
" you're going to die one day"
Yet I'm still dealing with my own mortality, and even though I'm not a born in I was indoctrinated from a very young child - and I really believed.
Neutrality, no warmaking, no hell...all made sense to me, so I thought this has to be true.
My experience of 70s converts is that most of them were educated...to a point. Language graduates, pilots, midwives, engineers, accountants....none of these types of education, back then, included critical thinking as part of the curriculum, however.
There were certainly no true academics.