they can simply fire all those dumb sods and release ebook versions of all material printed there, saving money where all contributions are profit.
Why does the WT bother with their new country farm if ...
by mP 12 Replies latest jw friends
Just got to hold on to the pretense a lil longer.
Get the new lake front HQ up and running, get all of the 'heavies/worthy's' moved in, than they can began an earnest 'E' campaign of promoting their drool as they try to quietly fade into irrelevance. Their is irony in that last part of that statement.
Maybe that realize that they have to keep the masses already in busy doing busy work. It keeps them on the treadmill and does not allow them the time to start thinking.
I feel that going out in service and doing other embarrassing things like being the odd man out in schools is in a way, a initiation of sorts.
See this info under the main heading of Cognitive Dissonance at the wikepedia site.
Links are clickable.
I think that doing anything unpleasant (as accepted by an average person, not a current JW) is used to make them think that "It is worth it" as explained below.
You HAVE to go to meeting, out in service and also take unpleasant stands for the TRUTH, and to keep dissonance down, in your mind, it HAS to be worth it so this makes continuing to be a member of the JWs worth it.
Effort justification paradigm
Further information: Effort justification
Dissonance is aroused whenever individuals voluntarily engage in an unpleasant activity to achieve some desired goal. Dissonance can be reduced by exaggerating the desirability of the goal. Aronson & Mills  had individuals undergo a severe or mild "initiation" in order to become a member of a group. In the mild-initiation condition, the individuals engaged in an embarrassing activity. The group they joined turned out to be very dull and boring. The individuals in the severe-initiation condition evaluated the group as more interesting than the individuals in the mild-initiation condition.
All of the above paradigms continue to be used in fruitful research.
Washing one's hands has been shown to eliminate post-decisional dissonance, presumably because the dissonance is often caused by moral disgust (with oneself), which is related to disgust from unsanitary conditions.  
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NJY - Effort Justification plays a HUGE role in the JW organization. Nice quote.
Aronson wrote my Social Psych textbook, BTW. Interesting stuff.
As darth said.....get the heavies moved in to their palatial new retirement home in up state New York, then watch the meetings gradually be reduced to Sundays only, the Watchtower content further reduced & the demise of the Awake as they put less & less effort into keeping an organisation past its sell by date on the road.
all the old rank and filers that aren't hip to electonic devices need the printed page still. Plus, not too many young hipsters will find it cool using all of their HD space and RAM on WT bullshyt. LOL
Seems stupid to build a complex for thousands when a mansion for the elite would suffice. What are they going to do, fire everyone and run have buildings everywhere empty ? Seems like a collosal waste. they had an opportunty to start a new farm and boot everyone else.
mP - "Seems stupid to build a complex for thousands when a mansion for the elite would suffice."
Elites need a proletariat.
Cults LOVE compounds.
Easier to maintain TOTAL CONTROL of the Kool-aid drinkers.
Hey the got the new place for 11 mil. They sold out of NYC for 350 +++++mil give or take a few mil (some but it at 1 bil) - TAX FREE!!
Talk about CASH FLOW!!! wowsers.
Maybe they'll eventually have Bethelites start producing and assembling low cost electronic readers so the masses will have low cost devices to download and read their literature on. The regular Witnesses could start going from door to door selling presenting them to the public on a donation basis. They could keep on boasting about how progressive and efficient and cutting edge their organization is.