millie210: what I am going by is just a "feeling" in the air
I think it's OK to do that. That general feeling can, I believe, be an accurate indicator. My interest is in the overall general feeling. The general feeling you get is interesting to me and I get it, too. I wish some of the other regular posters who have a lot of experience with JWdom would post their observations so we can see if there is a consensus of opinion.
I agree that there is a lot of fake service, but I've been complaining about that for 30 years. I think there has always been a significant percentage of JWs who are half-hearted and weak and just go through the motions. Their mindset does not really matter to me. The mindsets I'm interested in are those of JWs who are reasonably intelligent and knowledgeable and who were around in or are at least familiar with the old days. I'd love to know what they are thinking.
Other people who have always been what I consider more of the "thinkers" like Magnum mentioned above, are leaving the mainstream Witnesses and moving to alternate forms. Sign language is big. So is foreign language. I would say 1/4 of the used to be population of our Hall has migrated in to that. Is it because it is more grass roots in feel and therefore reminds them of the earlier days in the Org.?
That is interesting. I still find myself longing at times for the "earlier days in the org" when it all seemed so real and exciting and I felt safe and had a hope.
That kind of addresses the question I have about the thinkers. I wonder to what extent they miss the earlier days and are now troubled by the situation in JW land.
What do you all think about the general attitude toward JWdotORG, the revised NWT, the GB, JWTV, all the animated stuff, etc. What about all the JWdotORG pins, stickers, signs, and paraphernalia? Hasn't it been indicated on this site many times that many JWs have enthusiastically accepted all of it? What about all the videos from this past summer of the international convention hype?
I think that the make-up of JWdom is changing. It seems that almost no more thinkers are coming in and the ones already in are questioning/doubting. JWs overall are becoming more naive and gullible and less intelligent and knowledgeable.
So I guess that summarizes how I feel about the point of this thread. I agree that there are questions/doubts among the few thinkers, but i think those thinkers are in the minority. The masses just seem to accept it all and are blind followers.