I think that many felt that they could possibly "reform" the organization. Many Bethelites are and were good people. They tried to make changes to benefit people. Ed Dunlap and Ray Franz come to mind, here. They certainly were not perfect but they weren't idiots in my opinion. They were decent God-fearing men that got kicked out of Bethel, the place they called their home. And for anyone their age to get thrown out of their homes, to lose all their friends and family, to not be able to have real skills in a modern world, well, my heart goes out to them. I also feel bad for true believers that went to jail because they accepted a belief that later would change regarding compulsory service. Many good people on this board have dealt with issues that never quite sat right with them, but they plugged along in false hope. After a while the real truth usually clicks in us.