Yesterday afternoon, the sad thought popped into my mind that, apparently, some witnesses could be made to believe anything provided it appears on the magazines. If they said that accepting blood is now OK, many would take transfusions, and that would sort of make sense. But if they also said that hell is a physical place after all, many would accept that, too. If the magazines brought the news that now you can associate with the disfellowshipped, then many zealous shunners would turn very friendly to everyone. It kind of leaves me the impression that, for some people, the entire faith is no more than obedience. Do as you're told. Don't question, don't think, don't allow yourself too much independence.
Maybe this is a mistaken impression. But I am sure that mere obedience is the idea that pervades the organization from top to bottom. What I mean is, all the leaders, from the governing body down, only expect everyone else to take orders. What those orders are is a secondary matter.
Maybe this will not be news at all to you guys, but, after all, I'm the worldly trying to catch up.