Jehovah's Witnesses and the BETTER mousetrap

by Terry 14 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Terry

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said: "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door."

    He was correct. The most invented (improved and modified) device in the history of the patent office is the mousetrap.

    Should we miss the point of this? Not here on this Topic, no sir!

    The point isn't that a mousetrap already exists which traps unwanted rodent invaders, now is it? No.

    The point is that the task hasn't been done perfectly. As long as somebody somewhere can sell the idea that their product

    or service is an improvement the market will bear yet another mousetrap.

    Good. Better. Best. Which would you prefer when it comes to....not just a mousetrap----but, ANYTHING?

    So, with that in mind the real Topic of this becomes transformed into a hard look at the IMPROVEMENT (or promise of improvement) connected

    to what I'll call Jehovah's Better Mousetrap peddled for over 100 years.

    People build their lives around safety, security, family, friends, socialization and as much happiness as possible.

    Sooner or later safety and security is threatened. As a result the household puts locks on its doors. Where it is legal people carry handguns, tasers, tear gas pens and security alarms. It is not uncommon for martial arts techniques to be learned and practised, insurance policies purchased and a great many other strategies as well.

    What is the product or service that Jehovah's Witnesses offer that is able to carve out a "market share" in this FEAR and SAFETY climate?

    What makes the Jehovah Mousetrap the top pick for 7 Million people worldwide?

    Have you ever thought about that?

    There is plenty of competition with religion permeating society for thousands of years providing all sorts of credible resources.

    Yet, 7 Million people reject the solid historical time tested religious "mousetrap" in favor of one that didn't get invented until the late 1800's.

    Let's back up a bit and go at answering this from another angle.

    Back in the 1950's the Cold War between the Soviets and the West carried a large threat of nuclear annhilation. It was made very real when nuclear installations were discovered off the shores of the U.S. in Cuba. This was as close as humanity ever came to the real beginning of the end.

    How did some people deal with this ominous fear of extinction?

    SOME PEOPLE installed bomb shelters.

    I was a boy and a teen at that time and visited the house of a friend of mine from school whose parents had built a bomb shelter in their own front yard. They took me on a tour! I thought it was the coolest thing ever! The idea seemed very (for want of a better word) mythical that I and my family might ride out the end of the world safely and emerge to start life all over again on our own terms!

    STOP right there. Did you hear what I just said?

    It was the mythical and highly romanticized notion of taking your own destiny in your own hands that made the BOMB SHELTER appear to be a better mousetrap.


    For one thing, it beat just waiting anxiously and hoping against hope that the worst wouldn't happen.

    What is embarassing to realize now is that only a true misunderstanding of reality would lead a person to actually think a bomb shelter would


    But, don't miss the essential part of this: it was the SECURE FEELING of protection rather than the REALITY which addressed the FEARs.

    Relatively few people actually built these bomb shelters. But, the ones who did FELT SECURE. They also felt superior!

    Could it be Jehovah's Witnesses are peddling a bunker mentality? Are they appealing to ignorance and fear? Are they doing a better job of

    selling the bomb shelter security than religion has done in the past?

    Do Jehovah's Witnesses belong to that narrow cult of conspiracy theorists who have all the answers....thinking everybody else is ignorant but them?

    WHAT IS the better mousetrap?

  • 00DAD

    Interesting thoughts Terry. It's all a fantasy based on wishful thinking.

  • Terry

    I can recall thinking I had never been told by religious people before that God had a name and that it was Jehovah.

    That seemed like real insider knowledge.

    I also thought it stunning that maybe there wasn't a Hell or an Immortal soul.

    Sort of like, hey--these are the only people around with THIS kind of information.

    So, more bang for the buck!

  • Finkelstein

    Could it be Jehovah's Witnesses are peddling a bunker mentality? Are they appealing to ignorance and fear? Are they doing a better job of

    selling the bomb shelter security than religion has done in the past?


    Some might remember the WTS. exploiting the cold war citing that Russia was the King of the North, during the 60's to the 80's.

    There is no question or doubt that the WTS. exploits fear and utilizes it to serve their own means and purpose,

    in its literature proliferation and distribution agenda.

    The fear mongering pretty much continues to this day.

    Devious little buggers.

  • exwhyzee

    You only have to look at some of the Cars produced by Detroit in the past (Pinto, Gremlin,Vega etc) to realize that no matter how ugly or unreliable the cars are, if you market them, eventually someone will buy them. It's the same with anything, even a religion. A lot of it is a matter of numbers and timing and stick-to-it-ive-ness not necessarily that the product is good or even needed.

    You could go from door to door selling white washed graves year after year and someone would eventually buy one and there'd be some who'd even look into setting up their own franchise.

  • moshe
    if you market them, eventually someone will buy them

    Sabrina sure gave her orange Pinto a good workout on Charlie's Angels-

  • moshe

    The WT is a niche religion- live forever on paradise earth- and you get to cheat death by never dying- Armageddon is just around the corner, folks! This is the unique WT brand religion- and if people don't want to play with the lions and tigers, then they are free to pick another brand of religion that offers the payoff that does interest you- like floating on clouds in Heaven with Jesus.

  • Terry

    Listening to the Sermon at the convention is not the same as listening all these years later, is it?


    The Watchtower Society was creating the mouse out of thin air and offering the trap as the best solution.

    The latest issue of Awake! magazine has an article titles "Whatever Happened to Patience?"

    Ironic. The excuse for making such a hoopty-doo about the non-event of 1975 is sloughed off as "over-eagerness".

    In other words, they were impatient for Armageddon and made certain everybody in the world knew about it.

  • edmond dantes
    edmond dantes

    I think they try to build the better mouse trap with their newly published constant stream of books it was more obvious when they were touting for money directly at the door .

    I remember the lines of witnesses waiting to buy the new releases at the assemblies and the opened empty boxes which had contained the new books they got snapped up like crazy. Plenty of cash being handed over then.

    I started reading all the old books from previous decades when it suddenly dawned on me that they all followed the same pattern usually starting with Adam and Eve and ending with Armaggedon and then the urgent message that one needed to join in the work of selling more books to survive.

    It was the same old regurgitation.

    By the way Terry if you ever get around to publishing all your thoughts and comments in one book put me down for one I find your posts really excellent.

  • Finkelstein

    In other words, they were impatient for Armageddon and made certain everybody in the world knew about it.

    But in the mean time they knew they were mentally and emotionaly hyping people up to buy and distribute their publications.

    If it didn't they still came out big winners .

    The propaganda won the day, mess with it you'll be dealt with.

    This is the kind of vicarious power the WTS. built around itself.

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