Terry, another GREAT ESSAY!!! That made a whole lot of sense, I'm printing this out, in hopes of maybe enlightening a few more. THANK YOU
I've noticed that truly successful businessmen can't ever seem to declare: "Enough!"
The momentum is addictive.
People who only have a rationale of fantasy (i.e. religious interpretation of ordinary events) seek refuge in staying busy to give themselves a sense of purpose and progress.
Arriving at the top of the Jehovah ladder must be a heady experience, indeed.
But, self-questioning certainly has to kick in somewhere as well.
"Why me, Jehovah?"
The silence from such a question must be quite deafening!
People who run companies or countries appear to me to have an extraordinary helping of self-important power addiction. They feel they DESERVE to lead others and call it public service. But, what they are really doing is getting their hands on everybody's cupcakes like a greedy child at a picnic who can't eat it all, but, who wants it none the less.
Judge Rutherford was NOT of the anointed by his own admission! Yet, he did all the policy making and much of the writing that steered the religious orthodoxy of Jehovah's Witnesses in spite of NOT BEING SPIRIT LED.
In other words, he was like a sci-fi writer inventing his own religion! (Shades of L.Ron Hubbard!)
People can get away such extraordinary flights of fantasy when weak-minded people support their lunatic ravings and buy in to the delusion for their sense of importance. (Anybody ever hear of a guy name Adolf Hitler?)
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was a business at the beginning and it will be at the end. All the trappings of scripture and divine purpose are the drug of choice that keeps the men at the wheel in their happy delusional state.
The sad and tragic aspect of this religion is that so many people will swallow absolutely ANYTHING the Governing Body wants to invent. What a waste of an otherwise good life!!!
I think of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
The average JW has traded their family's cow for some "magic" beans.
They plant the beans and sit around the rest of their lives waiting for the giant beanstalk to pop out of the ground and take them on their grand adventure in the castle in the sky. But, all they see is a scrawny little stem with ordinary leaves!