Is there info available (other than new posters here) re/those waking up? Hall sales/consolidations are evidence but are PIMOs hearing/observing this first hand?
Is the Governing Body under estimating the volume of those waking up?
The course that the WT corporation has taken from its very beginning is one plotted by "Wishful Thinking" sadly the pattern is always the same with different phases they must go thru. I think we can say with some degree of certainty as reality keeps pressing in on the Governing Body they will reach the nightmare stage soon if not there already.
"the fantasy cycle" ... a pattern that recurs in personal lives, in politics, in history – and in storytelling. When we embark on a course of action which is unconsciously driven by wishful thinking, all may seem to go well for a time, in what may be called the "dream stage". But because this make-believe can never be reconciled with reality, it leads to a "frustration stage" as things start to go wrong, prompting a more determined effort to keep the fantasy in being. As reality presses in, it leads to a "nightmare stage" as everything goes wrong, culminating in an "explosion into reality", when the fantasy finally falls apart.
Very good Humphrey. The only way to keep the fantasy going is to prevent the followers from getting their news from any other source than the organisation, and that is getting more and more challenging
Interesting - "nightmare stage" is progress!
They seem to have it made keeping their followers away from reality or that's the impression I get -- but I really don't know.
I agree with LV101, the very strict control of information that filters through to the J.W "mind" makes waking up, sadly, a rarity, despite the ease with which JW's could find out the real truth about their org.
The fear of Apostates, and the feeling of being "loyal to Jehovah" means that even when Truth comes to a JW they reject it as " Apostate Lies" or " Persecution".
They are being pressed in many ways though, the frequency of stories about Abuse in the Org, and also the hardening of the Public toward their Door to Door work, which I detect locally, a number of people telling me they are annoyed by the JW presumption that it is O.K to come and shove their religion down the throat of a Householder without an invite.
The GB are consolidating the org. into a streamlined, low cost undertaking because it makes sense, not necessarily because numbers are dropping.
I speak to old friends still in and I have responses ranging from those that agree with me, but still remain in, to those that now refuse to speak to me even though I am not DF'd, marked or disassociated.
Some people haven't even thought about the overlapping generation stuff, let alone all the other changes and scandals over the last decade and if they have, they find a way to reconcile it.
The same old catch phrases, Trust in Jehovah, Wait on Jehovah etc.
The Gb has simply made it too inconvenient for the average JW to leave, it is primarily for social/ family reasons most JW's stay.
"They encourage NOT watching the news"- Really? guess my jw didn't get that memo!
WT only wants non-critically thinking R&F members to remain within the Borg. They figure that these persons will be PIMI forever and never question or think to question any doctrines and especially organizational policies. Any other R&F who wake up--verbally and/or silently questioning the above--are considered apostate and enemies to "Mother". In fact, the Stepfordized PIMIs will give any and all $$$$ to the GB--without question!
I believe in overlapping - "Is the Governing Body underestimating the volume of those waking up?"
Holy shitballs, how could they not?
You honestly think they want their underlings to tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
Hoo boy, that takes me back...
...I remember reading about the Wishful Thinking phenomenon way back when I first started my fade (but before I realized just how deep the WT rabbit hole went), and being unable to shake the feeling that the bOrg was somewhere in the later stages.