I think there are probably all different sorts of people that are JW like in any other religion. Unfortunately the ones I've come across have left me
with somewhat of a bitter taste in my mouth.
During university I had a job a liquor store, every student's dream right
Anyway, the owner was JW and he was at the store often so I got a chance to really examine his beliefs (whether I wanted to or not).
They are a very sure people I'll say that, in that they're sure all these teachings that branch off christianity and the prophecies they buy into
are correct. There was absolutely no swaying this man to even consider the possibility of anything except what he was saying, many times he would
simply end a conversation if he thought he couldn't defend his side with anything beyond his own word or what he'd been told. That wasn't my issue
with him though...
Once he realized he could not convert two of my Christian co-workers, he found reasons to fire them and immediately (same day) hired JW's making me
and one other left with our own beliefs.
I took on more and more responsibility but never got a raise, my asian/buddist coworker had her hours cut to weekends only to make room for the JW's.
The only reason I can think of why I lasted was though I don't subscribe to any one religion, I consider myself a student of all religion and I think
he saw me as somewhat of a clean slate for him to mold.
He'd always take me aside for hours and give me 1 on 1 talks about watch tower and of course you can't REALLY argue because after all, hes the boss,
arguing religion with your boss is pretty much job-suicide - I'd smile and nod.
Time went on, Canada Day came and of course JW's DESPISE patriotism, I can still remember him literally turning his back on and walking away from
customers wishing him a happy Canada Day and them left wondering wtf his problem is. So the remaining non-JW comes in with me to work, I guess she
drew a Canada flag on some paper for the tip-jar and after she left my boss comes up to me and goes off about this and started naming off little
things he didn't like about her probably gauging my reaction...
She was fired for not being home to take the shift of one of the JW's while they had some watch tower thing not a week later. He then flew his niece
from across the province in to take her spot, I guess he ran out of local JW's.
I eventually quit because I was getting hounded daily by the now 100% JW staff there, about either coming to watch tower, having them give me
pamphlets and fliers and even a watch tower bible type thing.
I remember one underhanded trick was one of them giving me a ride home because it was raining and then stopping at their church and prodding me until
I came in with him to "get something" and then having him parade me around to everyone inside having them just bury me in church propaganda. The day
after that was actually when I quit, I blew up at everyone there, just totally went off about just what I thought of them and their methods. One of
the people fired also sued for wrongful dismissal and defamation of character and won.
I don't understand how they have ANY followers left honestly. I mean they predict exact dates the world will end over and over and each time, the
world doesn't end (obviously), like 80% of the church leaves and then they slowly regain their population till the next end of days comes and goes.
Read up on the history and how the numbers go up and down based on their end of the world predictions its really entertaining.