Malaise according to the Cambridge Dictionary:
a general feeling of being ill or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong, especially with society, and that you cannot change the situation
Where the dictionary says Society, read "The Society"..........
Is there a malaise in the JW world? In the congregations, in the Bethels, among individuals?
I spoke to a PIMO friend this morning who mentioned that the meeting attendance in his congregation has become optional. Whereas a majority attend most meetings perhaps a third treat them as places to attend when it is convenient i.e. if there is not anything more pressing or interesting to do – but still expect full JW status.
When I was a Witness (at the end of the last century!) there were five compulsory meetings to attend or questions would have been asked.
Has the whole JW show become more casual, like other half-hearted faiths? Has Armageddon receded into the future? Is it now primarily a social club?
The younger JWs that I know are certainly not happy bunnies unless they have a full social calendar outside of JW arrangements. Depression and undefined illnesses have always been a prominent JW trait, is this still the case? Is their dissatisfaction and annoyance at the prophetic failure now showing in the general lack of enthusiasm for JW meetings, rules and regulations?
Is this your
experience? Where is it heading?