The generation of the 'creators promise' that wouldn't die until the new world is now becoming elderly, they are broke, hadn't saved for retirement, and need help.
THere hasn't been real growth, the growth is mostly born ins and born ins children (population growth), those who didn't listen to the advice to not have kids.
Suddenly, the overlapping 2nd generation started slacking on their field service to take care of their parents. The GB were insulted that the numbers were dropping and noticing that soon nobody would be going door to door because all who can would be taking care of their broke, elderly parents who couldn't afford retirement or proper care.
The GB though know that they are higher than God and Jesus and they should not be expected to not have all the luxuries of life, first class flights, etc, so they issue new orders that the younger ones are NOT to put aside their peddling of their literature to care for the elderly parents. The eldery were too presumptuous and looked too deep into things. The GB NEVER hinted or said that they shouldn't prepare for retirement and they shouldn't be hindering the work now. As for those who are still relatively young, the GB never told the current old ones not to plan for retirement, it was there fault, but the generation alive now DEFINITELY won't reach old age, so they should not be planning for retirement. They must put service ahead of everything. Then in thirty years the cycle will repeat again when they get old and their children are grown up, etc.