Meetings are boring
Meetings are boring for young kids and old but I'm going to focus on young kids 5 or 8.
i think is unfair that young kids get punished for falling asleep or zoning out.
as meetings are not as boring but I have to go to school the next day and staying up till 10pm isn't the best I can't get out of going.
but think of the young kids that DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND MOST OF THE TEACHINGS.
I know most on the site are adults but I heard of adults falling asleep.
I always thought it was unfair that my parents were the only ones that didn't let us draw or color at meetings. I would look at the other kids at least doing something!
I remember asking my Grandma over and over, how much longer. I didn't dare ask my parents.
One time I decided to count to 1000 at the end of the assembly sitting next to Grandma, quietly, but I think it bugged her. :)
Wt is boring as hell.
Thanks for your posts Akid48. We are all rooting for you.
My hubby falls asleep to the Broadcast. Wish I did! I do not wake him. (It makes me think of hypnosis, whateves.)
I will definitely catch a nod at any assembly that I go to!
It's painful to be reminded of how I willingly put my own kids through this indoctrination and abuse. Even I put myself through it countless times. I did it because I wanted to be supportive of my wife. That's fine, but why sacrifice my kids. Biggest regret of my life!
Not only are they boring as hell, but they are quite inappropriate for children too. Children don't need to hear about the adult subjects that they talk about, such as fornication, some symbolic prostitute having sex with a dragon, lakes of fire, rape and genocides.
I remember. Living in central time zone. Getting home by 10 to 10:30 pm. There was no strict time rules back then on how long meetings were. I have no idea why we started at 8 pm. In our little town in central IL in the early 60's by that time most school age kids was thinking about bed. Not me. I was in bed by 11pm and had to wakeup by 6:30 am. So I could caught a bus to start school at 8 am. Make things worse Friday was the day the teacher would give us test on subject we study that week.
I learned at a very early age to zone out for hours without going to sleep. My ADD came in real handy back then. LOL. Still Totally ADD
My wife and I were really active, believing, sincere JWs, but even as mature adults, we found the meetings to be extremely boring. Boring meetings is one of the things that led to my becoming an ex-JW.
I really cared, and I wanted meetings to be really instructive and informative. I wanted a real study of the Bible - doctrine, geography, history, chronology, original languages, etc. I was proud to be a JW, and I wanted myself and other JWs to be fully equipped and prepared to defend what I thought was the truth.
However, I began to realize that the JW leaders don't want JWs to really study because their really studying would show up flaws in the doctrine and bring up questions that the religion couldn't answer.
That's why, for example, the "Bible Highlights" part was so controlled (I use the past tense because I don't know whether they still have that part.). Only a few minutes were allowed to cover several chapters in the Bible. No questions were allowed. The comments could only be on things like points that could help in the ministry.
Can you imagine how different meetings would have been if the elders were really intelligent and knowledgeable, and more time was allowed, and JWs were allowed to ask questions and voice opinions about things that didn't seem to make sense?
And why shouldn't or couldn't it have been that way? Think about it; they used to refer to the meeting that included the Bible Highlights as a "school". When I was in school, whether it was high school or college, we were allowed, even encouraged, to ask questions, voice dissent, etc. All my instructors, especially in college, were experts in their subjects and didn't fear questions or disagreements at all.
Compare that to the situation in JWdom. We're talking about what, if it were right, would be without question the most important subject on earth..... and the leaders fear questions and any hint of dissent. They fear and resent being challenged. And they, supposedly, are backed up by the greatest, most powerful being in the universe.
Supposedly, billions of lives are at stake, and JWs have the only key to survival; they have the one and only truth... and, yet, their meetings are largely boring drivel - a waste of time.
In my older years I got by doing doodling, and doing pelvic exercises.
Great points Magnum. You sound like a kindred spirit.
Many times I did additional research to add depth and breadth to my knowledge and understanding. It only took a time or two of trying to share it in the congregation before I learned the elders weren't interested and that I should stop looking at "apostate" material, as if scholarly articles were all written by apostates. (What paranoid, ignorant fools).
But either way, and in no uncertain terms, it was clear that I better keep my findings and my opinions to myself.
That was the beginning of the end for me. I'm a life-long learner and love learning about new and interesting things. So I left those small minded idiots behind and have had a great time pursuing my academic interests and achieving my educational goals.