It has been more than a year since I attended any meetings, so I can't speak to the situation in my area, but even before I cut all ties with the organization, I could sense that many of the Witnesses were suffering bad cases of burnout. I believe that what breakfast of champions stated in his original post is the case around here: IT'S 2011 AND WHERE THE HELL'S THIS PARADISE WE'VE BEEN PREACHING? And instead of receiving commendation for hanging in there, all the rank and file hear is how they should be doing more, more, more. Diest makes a good point about how growth is not happening in the developed world. Reports indicate that the religion has stagnated there and even seen contraction in some lands. Many of those getting baptized are born-ins, not converts found in the door-to-door work. People are realizing the futility of going out and finding nobody at home to talk to. The downward trend in publishers' hours is only going to continue, in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how the WTS leadership will address this. Doubtless they will lay even heavier burdens on the membership.