..., and while I usually contribute in a thread that's already been created, I thought this particular topic might warrant it's own.
Like many of you, on Friday I was persusing the "Concerned Elder Speaks" thread about higher-ed and the GB's Ross/Rachel relationship with it, and a couple of posts caught my eye:
Room 215 - "That's it, boys; alienate the remaining elders, drive them to resign and exacerbate the shortage already underway."
Baltar447 - "It's like they WANT fewer elders and servants."
I used to think that this was most likely to be a tactical error on the GB's part (as I've said before, it will potentially leave them with a worldwide body of morons), but then I read this post:
Meeting Junkie no More - "I'm beginning to think this is what all the recent changes have been implemented for - to wake the majority up and have them leave on their own accord. A lot cheaper than having to answer to all those that stick around until the WBTS closes shop, which shouldn't be too long in coming now. A perfect storm is brewing - tax changes in country after country/pedophile scandals/disfellowshipping/human rights abuses etc. Billboard adverts/everything will come spilling out of the closets soon - to the point that remaining Witnesses will start being embarassed to be associated with this religion. If you can get the majority to leave before that pitiful moment, the fallout will be less severe."
This really got me thinking; is it actually possible that - assuming Junkie and many others are correct and the WTS's death toll is starting to ring - one or more GB2.0 members are actually starting to grasp (at least subconciously) the way the wind is blowing?
I don't think these guys are stoopid.
Theories about secret bunker complexes notwithstanding, many of us have already grasped intuitively that the advent of the Information Age has compelled the WTS to batten down the hatches more and more; however, stemming information flow - according to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks agenda - inevitably cripples any authoritarian regime's ability to properly function.
They've moved upstate into a semi-rural location, they're down to 2 meetings a week, Metatron has reminded us that increasingly marginilized authoritarian groups become increasingly extreme in their actions, Miseryloveselders (I think it was him, anyway) has stressed how much GB2.0 are full-on True Believers (TM), and said GB has been steadily dailing up the submission-to-the-FDS/GB rhetoric and suggesting that weird or inexplicable instructions may be in the pipeline.
Their predecessors have already demonstrated that they'll write off large blocs of their membership if they feel it's necessary (Malawi). Considering how much they appear to resent 21st Century human society in general, and the fact that it stubbornly refuses to follow their eschatalogical script in particular, Junkie's suggestion, I think, should be seriously considered.
Not so much because GB2.0 actually suspects that it's going to close up shop - the new HQ is a multimillion dollar investment, after all - but that placing increasingly draconian restrictions and requirements on the R&F will more quickly weed out the fence-sitters, apostate-sympathizers, and generally any other individuals on the fringes who associate, but don't actively support the WTS and its survival, thusly making the selection of figurative or literal WT "ark" candidates that much simpler.
Or am thinking with my ass/reading too much into it?
Please post your thoughts.