Conventions satisfy a basic human urge: the longing for belonging.
At conventions, people who share similar interests - even obsessions - come together to bond and to be themselves.
The outside world doesn't matter. In fact, for the weekend duration of most conventions, the outside world doesn't even exist.
The conventioneers have each other and that's all they need.
The Mermaid Convention
The Ventriloquist Convention
BronyCon - The My Little Pony Convention
Real Bearded Santas Convention
Anthrocon - humanlike animal characters known as 'furries'
The Abraham Lincoln Convention
The Jehovah's Witness Convention
hat tips to http://coolhunting.com/tag/Conventional%20Wisdom and queensvillage1976 at https://www.reddit.com/r/exjw/comments/4zvzr9/spanish_assembly_at_bbt_center_on_lauderdale_14k
haha, I slipped that last one in
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Wont deny it; the JW convention looks a hell of a lot more impressive. :smile:
In the WTS's case, however, conventions are far more about reinforcing conditioning than they are about the fellowship of like-minded individuals.
Humans have a basic need to "belong" and to be a part of something bigger than themselves alone...
Vidiot 9 hours ago
Wont deny it; the JW convention looks a hell of a lot more impressive.
The photos below show Jehovah's happy people in various lands enthusiastically showing their appreciation during the release of the silver sword edition of the New World Translation of the Bible and listening intently and showing appreciation for their spiritual meal, even taking notes during the assembly program.
The photos below show Jehovah's happy people in various lands enthusiastically showing their appreciation during the release of the silver sword edition of the New World Translation of the Bible and listening intently during the assembly program
Oops ....my mistake, it turns out the photos above are from an Amway Convention and the happy clean cut delegates are paying more than the usual attention as they receive instruction on how to recruit others into their multi-level marketing scheme.
I've been to a Star Trek convention. I met some cool people. Live Long and Prosper.
In the old days they used to have a 'love feast' at the conventions. I'm sure it wasn't as much fun as it sounds.