Radical circumstances push people into extreme frames of mind.
It seems to me that, for some time now, the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses has been surrounded by increasingly more difficult circumstances and hardships. They have cut magazines, literature, sold off real estate, dumped long term Bethelites, dumped paid subscriptions, railed against Facebook, condemned college attendance, and begun to sell off Branch Offices.
A moderate, reasonable viewpoint of these changes is easy to come up with: the rank and file are broke, burned-out and dispirited. Furthermore, the increasing depth of these changes would push any reasonable person to conclude that the Organization is in quiet decline - far from any realization of Heavenly Intervention.
The above would logically push a reasonable person towards the conclusion that the 130 year doomsaying history of the Watchtower Society is a pious fraud at best. I cannot see how such a personal conclusion can be avoided by any sane, reasonable person so involved. In time, such a person would be forced to think that he is part of a fraud, a money-making scheme and little different from a con-artist.
Unless, that person decides to become ever more extreme, stubborn and fanatical. Far from concluding that they were mistaken and accepting a deep depression in the knowledge that they have deceived themselves and others, they react by becoming ever more extreme and egotistical.
So, could it be that they are building tunnels and bunkers and making secret plans for a sudden prophetic intervention? Well, such a thing would fit into a 'we CAN'T BE WRONG' sort of viewpoint. Do they need more future elders but place ever more burdens (no college) on them? Again, this looks like a 'WE CAN'T BE WRONG' sort of extreme egotistical position.
Do you lurkers and Watchtower Apologists understand my point? It appears to me that, especially after the death of Barr, no 'moderate' opinion of the Governing Body is logically possible. Circumstances must, of necessity, push them towards personal recognition that they are frauds OR push them towards extreme fanaticism. The 'middle' is being rapidly excluded.
I will be interested to read your replies.