Ever hear the one about counterfeit money? [Heads nodding] Remember, 'You don't study counterfeit money to figure out what it looks like; you study real money.' This illustration is typical of the thought-stopping mechanisms in place for the Society's usage. It's an illustration that's full of holes.
Because in our case, assuming Christianity is the issue here, we have a guidebook which helps us recognize what is counterfeit and what is not--the Bible. Now, the reality is that if we submit to 'theocratic direction', it works like this:
A man takes the guidebook from you and declares himself the only one on earth capable of properly understanding it. He then gives you what he calls real money. Sometime later, he returns, informing you that some of the money he gave you is actually counterfeit, not real. "Sorry, that's counterfeit," he says. "Here's some real money to replace it." He does this many times. Eventually, one would begin to wonder, ooookay, can this person really read the guidebook properly? If he can, why does he seem so unable to identify counterfeit money? Worse yet, why does he continue to promote counterfeit money as if it were real? Realizing that something is amiss, you then decide to study the guidebook yourself, independent of his logic.
Angrily, the man returns and takes the guidebook from you. "I'm the one who decides what is real and what is counterfeit, not you! How dare you challenge my authority?" He then proceeds to continue in the same routine as before, giving you what he says is real money, then returning again and again to tell you it was actually counterfeit.
Clearly, something is very wrong here, isn't it? This man has sent you out repeatedly with counterfeit money! If you do business with it, you could go to jail! But when you confront him about it, he acts as if it is irrelevant. Obviously it is, as he is immune from direct consequences. If anyone asks, he'll just say you came up with counterfeit money on your own--he always gave you real money.
So...since I got hit with this illogical illustration somewhat recently, I thought I might share my analysis of it with you all. Borg cubes are coming my way quite soon, so...figure I might take time to enjoy my pre-DF'd moments while they last.