Three years ago when I nearly got baptised and I was being told about the "spiritual paradise". I was given a taste of what that meant......
The study conductors seemed to think it was a good thing to constantly receive directions and work your guts out day in and day out"...They stressed that the society was already teaching people to be respectful of Gods arrangement by teaching obedience to those who went to the meetings and did not question the GB and it's sub deputy, side assistants.
They gave me an example of how the elders in my congregation were testing the obedience of it's loyal members.
An old man always liked to sit to the left and to the back of the hall. He probably needed to get to the rest rooms for all we knew.
One Sunday morning at the usual ten o-clock start, he came in and was ordered to go to another spot in the hall.......somewhere in the middle where it was nice and cramped and there were no arm rests on the chairs. He told them to stuff it and sat where he usually did.
"Now, Juliette, as you can see. This old man did not have the right attitude toward authority and guidance and he would not be the right sort of person to survive into the new system, because of his disobedience. There is going to be a lot of work to do in the New World and if people think they can just do what they want, then they have the wrong attitude." Whaaaaaaaaa!..couldn't make this shit up if I tried.
This old guy went right up there in my esteem, because he didn't give a damn about what those upstart elders thought of him was too old and wise to be afraid of anything....