There once was a scientist who cynically observed that science seems to progress one funeral at a time, as older men depart (as obstacles)
and new theories are allowed to flourish. In the case of authoritarian regimes, the demise of the "old guard" can bring about sudden changes
as when the Soviet Union fell apart after the old Bolsheviks passed away - or China changed, after the Veterans of the Long March faded
The Watchtower will not be different. Currently, they are suffering because Fred Franz died and left no one with the 'gravitas' needed to make
major doctrinal changes. New leaders may not even be able to make sense of the Society's patchwork of beliefs, anymore than the
inheritors of Herbert Armstrong's church could! "New" men may not have the same appreciation for personally observed history
or tradition. Any of you guys remember 1914? No? Nobody really?. How about Chuck Russell? The guy with a beard? Anyone? Anyone?
"New" men may not have the personal loyalties that former "Theocrats" did. Teddy? Teddy who?
Do you think my comments about changes and funerals sound rude? If so, you should consider that I am merely articulating what many
"faithful" Witnesses secretly think - that the organization will get better once Father Time takes his toll. I can recall various
"loyal" elders quietly saying things no different from the above, in regard to their own exhaustion within the organization.
They think they're different from "the world". The future will show otherwise.