Let’s face it – without The Watchtower magazine this website would not be online. It would have no purpose. It would have absolutely no reason to exist. So thank you, Watchtower, for being who you are – so that we can be who we are!
We love those tiny little 16-page monthlies. The best thing that ever happened for us was the new JW.org going live last August. We live for the next issue of the Watchtower and Awake! magazines (and especially those wonderful PDF downloads). In fact, some of us can’t sleep at night without a Watchtower to read before bed. Some of our contributors simply can’t wait and have found a way to get copies in advance of their public release (see “New Light Watchtower…”). Since the magazines are dated three months in advance, it’s almost like getting the daily New York Times weeks before its front-page news actually happens.Read More
It’s tough enough for many adults to sit through a public talk or a Watchtower study without dozing off. It’s even more challenging for children. Staying awake during meetings is not only a chore for them, but depending on their parents’ attitudes, a necessity. Falling asleep could mean a quick trip to the “spanking room.” Talk about a “wake up call.”
Things seemed to be a little better in the 1950s when I was a young JW. Even then, getting through two hours was still challenging for both young and old. Public talks and Watchtower Study meetings each lasted a full hour separated by a 15-minute break. In those days, the brothers assigned to give the public talks were able to take the Watchtower’s provided outline, use it to prepare their own speeches. They could build an interesting presentation, including their own research, interesting personal stories, and recent news events. They’d often sprinkle in a few of their favorite Bible scriptures and occasionally add a little humor.
We looked forward to talks by certain speakers. Some brothers became favorites because we knew they could make any subject interesting and relatively easy to sit through. Because “public talks” were well-advertised and actually open to the public, we’d often have non-Witnesses come in off the street, sit down, and listen for a while.
“Public talks” are now only thirty minutes long and rarely, if ever, attended by uninvited strangers.
Unfortunately, because of procedural changes in the 1980s, “public” talks have become more tedious and repetitive. The Watchtower Society frowns upon individualized presentations, discouraging any creativity by speakers. Brothers who veer too far off the outline will find their privileges revoked (or worse!), and their names removed from the speakers list. Most brothers take the easy way out and simply read the outline as they get it. There are never any surprises. The final product has become boring, boring, boring…Read More