I just overheard an anointed acquaintance on the phone with a friend of hers who has just had surgery for cervical cancer. Among the snippets of dialogue I heard on my end of the line, these ones stood out:
"You lost a lot of blood? Oh no!"
"Of course I'm not going to get mad at you!"
"But you're not a witness, you're only studying."
"At this point, you can still take blood, yes."
"You did what you had to do to stay alive and take care of your kids."
"I'm only mad at you for not calling me sooner! I thought you were at home recovering!"
An anointed JW just gave her blessing on a blood transfusion. She essentially admitted that the only thing that would deny someone a transfusion is obedience to an organization run by flawed humans. That without commitment to said organization, Jehovah doesn't actually care what you do. And best (or worst) of all, she admitted that her friend made the right choice in order to save her own life and continue to care for her children.
How is it that they can see the glaring issue, clear as day, yet be so blind to it at the same time?