Abandoning Incrementalism

With all the recent discussions about technology at the meetings and the RC, I was reminded of a discussion I had many years ago with one of my political science professors at university. We discussed how the American political system had been created by its founders to be built on the notion of incrementalism, that even the greatest accomplishments would have to be made in small steps. While frustrating for those seeking progress, it also preventing the country to get wrapped up in a temporary fervor that would derail the entire nation. Of course, there have been, at least in American history, a number of exceptions to that idea, but in general it has held true. The gradual nature of the change has created significant stability, which has tremendous positive implications both domestically and internationally. Continue reading “Abandoning Incrementalism”

Removing all Coping Mechanisms

We all know that the vast majority of JW faithful find certain aspects of their service to be completely unbearable, whether they would admit it or not. Because of this, certain coping mechanisms have developed over the years and have really become unwritten social norms for many. It is how they reconcile their guilt with their own distaste for what is asked of them. What I find fascinating is that the GB in recent years has done everything in its power to stamp out those coping mechanisms so non uber-zealous among JWs are either forced to become inactive or apply a veneer of activity. Continue reading “Removing all Coping Mechanisms”