1969 "fact": You will never grow old in this present system of things

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  • Finkelstein

    Bullshit sells, great bullshit sells even better.

    The problem is people don't think that religious teachers/proclaimers don't bullshit even when they

    are proliferating literature that they publish.

    Even William Miller of the 1800's was selling a book.

    The WTS. Corporation was always an organization of Charlatanism.

  • DesirousOfChange

    How stupid was I to fall for this ?

    And I DID, lock stock and barrel, a fifteen year old convert, standing up to my family "persecuting" me.

    Marrying some retard with no education, a man 12 years older than me who was barely functional. But he was a "brother" I and I thought that would make everything perfect. I was 18 years old, my father cried at my wedding but not for the usual reasons.

    My father was a college professor, an engineer. My brother was a lawyer, my uncle, an architect. They looked on with stunned disbelief at my life choices, I now join them in stunned disbelief,looking back on wasted opportunities.

    Ah.................sh.hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........that is such a sad story.

    I hopey our father, brother, uncle, etc all have given you big hugs upon your release.

    Prodigal son/daugher style of welcoming home.


  • biometrics

    Stay alive till 75!

    Since that article was written my mum had four children, 14 grandchildren, and is now a great grandmother.

  • Julia Orwell
    Julia Orwell

    I posted that quote on my Facebook. Lost friends over that!

  • Finkelstein

    You cant tell the truth when your in " The Truth "

    Or you'll get expelled .

  • molybdenum

    I think of all the subjects discussed, this one gets me going the most.

    I also was a teenager at the time of this "pronouncement".

    Fortunately, even before this Awake, I had already made my mind

    up that I was not going to join the pioneer ranks. I hated field service then and I still do.

    But those words did have a profound influence on my life's decisions. I made some decisions that

    I would never had made if I hadn't had some kind of trust in those words.

    Now I am 61 and facing the prosoect of retirement with just a measly pension to look

    forward to. Should I not just blame meyself? After all it was me that made the decisions..

    But I certainly feel that the WTS should be held accountable for putting the lives of many into the

    trash bin.

    Seriously, I think I will have those words from the Awake put on my gravestone.

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    You don't have to go back before the Awake!'s 1970 WTLib cutoff to find embarrasing statements

    Search the CD for '1914 generation'

    If your digital library goes back further, do the same search. There are several 1960's Awake!s in the early and late 60's that describe the 1914 generation in embarrasing language, e.g. a 1969 article saying that the generation that saw 1914 are nearly 70 years old. I'm sure those articles have been disussed here before today.

    If you, or the JW you are talking to, do have access to older literature..... do the same search

    Awake! Oct 8 1968, pg 13
    Even if we presume that youngsters 15 years of age would be perceptive enough to realize the import of what happened in 1914, it would still make the youngest of “this generation” nearly 70 years old today

  • punkofnice

    This is what the watchtower coropration(R) is good at. Spin, lies and salesmanship.

    .....and 20 years later:-

    Watchtower 1989 January 1 p.12 "He was laying a foundation for a work that would be completed in our 20th century."
    (The 1989 Watchtower used the term "in our 20th century" in the magazine, but this was changed to "in our day" for the bound volume and the CD ROM library).

  • coffee_black

    I graduated from HS in 1969. I am now 61. I have 5 grandchildren. Obviously they were WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Ding
    Awake! Oct 8 1968, pg 13
    Even if we presume that youngsters 15 years of age would be perceptive enough to realize the import of what happened in 1914, it would still make the youngest of “this generation” nearly 70 years old today

    This was published when they were pushing 1975 hot and heavy, stressing how close the end must be.

    The idea was that it wasn't just people alive in 1914 who constituted the 1914 generation, but only those who were old enough to see the events of 1914 with understanding, such as teenagers.

    When nothing happened in 1975, they decided that instead of stressing how few of that generation were left, they needed to stress how many of them were still alive.

    Consequently, they took the opposite approach and started saying that someone born in 1914 could be alive late into the 20th century so "this generation" would still by no means have passed away.

    Along about 1994, someone at Bethel realized that people born in 1914 were turning 80.

    It strained credibility to claim that when Jesus said "this generation will be no means pass away" that he was talking about octogenarians born in 1914, so they came up with the overlapping generations nonsense.

    I wonder what those octogenerians think when they sit at the hall and hear the speaker tell their great-great-grandchildren that they will never grow old in this system of things.

    Sadly, many of them are in denial, still trying to get out there and pioneer, still convinced they are "in the truth."

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