Synonyms of the word pioneer include discoverer, innovator and architect, but...
... in the J.W's it means to spend 50 or 70 hours each month in wasted time, perhaps stood at a Cart that nobody pays attention to.
...and as far as I know, not one of them has so much as seen a covered wagon, let alone headed out west in one of them.
Yup, Pioneers used to machete their way through the jungle or run the risk of robbery and physical attack in hostile territories.
Not in JW land.
For them it's part-time secular work - then scratch your backside stood next to a bookshelf with wheels, with frequent coffee breaks - then go on a "
Bibleerr ... Borg publication study" with a vulnerable no-hoper or the vulnerable kid of a vulnerable no-hoper.
Then a bit of sanctimonious halo-polishing being interviewed on the platform at the local KH or Assembly hall and a bit of hob-nobbing with other pio-lemmings and the circuit overseer.
Add in liberal comments about "keeping your life simple" and other pio-sneering phrases and you have a "Pioneer" jw-style.
Yeah, I hadn't realized that.
The label doesn't fit anymore.
Come to think of it, you could probably fill a small book full of (self-designated) labels that don't fit 'em anymore.