I was thinking about the JDub paradise this morning and all of the pictures in the Watchtower Company's literature illustrating the New System of Things.
Here is a partial list of what you see in the pictures:
Pet pandas, lions, elephants
People always on a picnic with lots of beautiful fruits and vegetables
Nice homes in the background with smoke rolling out of the chimney
Well made clothing
Hand tools for farming
Winding roads up through the mountains
Here is what you don't see:
Big piles of crap from the pandas, lions, and elephants (who will the elders appoint to be the official pooper scoopers?)
Garbage cans for corn cobs, watermelon rinds, etc
Cold winter days or rainy days. (there will have to be cold winter climates unless god goes back to the preflood days and puts a water canopy around the earth to have the greenhouse effect)
The inside of the pretty houses. (Maybe because there is no electricity, no gas or electric stoves, inside toilets, furnaces, air conditioners, computers, or Kingdom IPads. (There will have to be several fireplaces in each house for heat. I was never good at chopping down trees and splitting logs for the fireplace and cleaning out the ashes)
Did I see any sewing machines to make all of the pretty clothes? I don't think that JC Penney or Walmarts will survive into the New System. Sisters get out your needles and thread, (who is going to make needles?)
Who makes all of the hand tools for farming. JDubs may think there will be big tractors for farming, so why don't the pictures show dirty foundries that make the castings for the tractors or the big mining sites to dig the iron ore out of the ground for the castings? Not to mention who is going to drill the oil wells and run the refineries to distill the oil into gasoline or diesel fuel? Maybe we should just stick with the hand tools. Men, women, and children will need to be working the fields with the hand tools day and night in order to feed the survivors of the Big A and the billions of people who will be resurrected.
I have never seen any cars on the nice windy roads so there is going to be a lot of walking or maybe riding horses or horse-pulled wagons. (No hurry to get anywhere because we have forever to get there)
If there are big factories in paradise who is going to run them? I can guarantee you it won't be women or ministerial servants. In paradise, everyone who works in the steel mills, foundries, oil refineries, electric power plants, will want to set their own time schedule because after all, it is paradise. They want to go on picnics, play with the pandas and ride the elephants running around loose through the backyards and fields trampling down the corn and watermelon plants you spent two weeks planting.. (Maybe we should just forget about the big factories and just stick with the blacksmiths making the handtools, that makes it so much easier to think about)
The more I think about it, I really don't want to go back in time 200 years and have elders tell me what I can and can't do. I think that I will just pass on Paradise and enjoy the life that I now have and not live for the future paradise fairytale.