Some time ago a super-dub stopped by to try to encourage me to return to JW land. My demeanor during our conversation was extremely serious. I was polite, but dignified. I will never lower myself to the JW goody-goody, smiley-smiley countenance. I let him know that I had no intention of returning and didn’t want to and that there was nothing weak about me – that I wasn’t just drifting away because I was weak and that I didn’t need or want any help to return. I will never give a JW even the slightest impression that I want to return because I don’t want to. I gave this JW ample reason as to why I didn’t want to return.
Anyway, the point of this post is about one of the things I said to him about the rebranded JWdom. I told him that many/most, if not all of the JW videos are stupid, corny, goody-goody, and embarrassing. At that point, he looked at the ground, cocked his head a little sideways and looked up at me out of the corners of his eyes with a self-righteous, smirky grin on his face and said
“But you know what? They’re helping the young people.”
What a stupid statement! I absolutely detest statements like that. They are meaningless unless specifics are provided. What exactly was meant by “helping”? Did he mean “helping” them to remain in JWdom? “Helping” them obey their parents? “Helping” them do their homework? “Helping” them refrain from playing with toys associated with demons? Exactly what?
And, then, even if he did explain specifically what he meant by “helping”, how did he know the videos were having the specific effect he described? How did he know they were “helping” the young people? What kind of evidence could he provide? What kind of numbers? Did he just have one or two local anecdotes? Had somebody done some kind of controlled, detailed sociological and/or psychological study? If so, what were the specifics? How many were involved in the study and over what period of time? What kind of methods were used to measure the “help”? Had a follow-up study been done to determine whether the “help” was lasting or just short term?
In an argument with another person, I will always point out such broad, sweeping statements that are not specific and that are meaningless and unfounded, but that, if unchallenged, seem to add weight to the other person’s argument.
Did he really think he was going to make that broad, sweeping general statement, and that I was going to just accept it – that I was going to just say “Oh, well, thank you for explaining that. I didn’t know the videos were helping the young people. Wow, dumb little old me. I feel so foolish now. I see now how the organization is doing so much good. This helps me to really appreciate the governing body. Will you help me to get back active in the ministry? Do you think I could ever progress to the point that I could stand by one of the carts? That would be such a privilege! And, also, do you think I could ever maybe meet Brother Lett? He’s so funny; I can see why all the friends really love him!”
I must admit that even though I still do not believe the JW videos are helping anybody, that super-dub actually really did help me; he helped me to further see the stupidity and shallowness of JWdom. He helped me to see that JWs just believe they are right, but that they can’t defend their position. He further convinced me to stay out of JW land.