I recently received information about the upcoming 2016 District Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses. Based on the overall theme of this three-day convention, it seems that the cult is struggling to keep its members in. It seems that the Governing Body is in panic mode, so to speak. After all, the theme is "Remain Loyal to Jehovah!" As it was pointed out somewhere else, this theme isn't designed to entice non-members to join, but rather, it serves as a warning and a thinly-veiled threat to insiders, in other words, current members, to stay inside, or else you will be shunned. It is quite totalitarian, reminding me of George Orwell's novel 1984.
Come to think of it, I think reading 1984 was the catalyst why I decided to leave this organization. 1984 was the only novel that I read twice: once I read it in high school in Guam, and I thought it was a science-fiction novel. The second time I read it was when I was in college, and this time I thought it was a political novel. I suppose reading that book instilled in me a great appreciation for skepticism and critical thought, which are two values that are pretty much erased in anyone who joins the Jehovah's Witnesses. After all, once you join, you cannot think for yourself anymore. Rather, you have to think the way Jehovah thinks. Or stated more accurately, you have to think how the Governing Body thinks.
Just look at some of the titles of the talks that are planned in this convention:
"Maintain loyalty in thought!"
"Hate what Jehovah hates."
"Shun unrepentant wrongdoers."
"Jehovah Deserves Undivided Loyalty!"
As another blog pointed out, these can easily be incorporated in George Orwell's 1984 slogans, such as the following:
"War is peace!"
"Freedom is slavery!"
"Ignorance is strength!"
"Thoughtcrime is death!"
Oh how I wish the Witness members would start using their brain and think for themselves, instead of one hundred percent surrendering their brain faculties to a handful of old men residing in Brooklyn. It's such a waste of brain power.
Anyway, this is one main reason why I decided to leave, and a big reason why I do everything I can to convince other folks to leave as well. I just hope that the current members slowly wake up, and realize that they are not robots that are meant to simply follow directions handed by the Governing Body. No, we are all humans responsible for all of our actions, we can think for ourselves, and act accordingly. I just hope that some time in the future, people would be free from this mental slavery that is being imposed to them by the Governing Body.