QUOTED FROM EASYREADER1970["I thought the whole purpose of the meeting wasn't so much to study the literature but to fellowship on a small level, to get to know the Friends, to build closer bonds," and so on. ]
Yea, I'm pretty surprised myself. I would have guess the bookstudy would be the last to go, especially for cost reasons. The bookstudy is the one meeting which has a chance of being closer to you than the Kingdom Hall, so a little wierd.
Anyone else notice that they tend to over-discourage fun amongst the friends. I seem to remember my first "dear god I hate this organization" thoughts were when I was 10 or so and the elders thought there were too many get-togethers and/or people had too much fun at said get-togethers. There was also the matter of break-dancing being a major scandal and sign of the devil. I thought my GOD! I can 2-3 friends in the world and I need to make sure I don't see them too often?!?!?!?! Even at a very young age, it was clear to me that they're trying to "break me down" in addition to controlling me.
My escaped and adult theory is we weren't bad enough to keep the elders entertained. The hall down the road had a bigger population of kids and was up to its neck with alcohol, sex, bad association and apostasy.
If I was a cult leader, I'd have 3 meetings a week and 4 parties. That's how you keep the flock happy.