A thought struck me that throughout history people have often claimed that "I was simply following orders and directions" when it comes to their actions or beliefs.
Instead of using logical thinking skills to determine if the course of action is correct, they just assume that it is based on a superior telling them so.
Think of someone handling finances for a corrupt boss. If asked to hide sums of money illegally, can they just say to the authorities "I was just following directions"?
Or as we know, war crimes have occurred in history and the same excuses have been used.
Similarly, it seems that Witnesses "outsource" their thinking abilities to the Society and GB and think and act exactly as directed...EVEN if such CHANGES dramatically as have many, many teachings and beliefs.
Think of all the far out and strange things in the society's history. We know that if any witness disagreed with the "truth" they would be punished for it. Yet, if just a short time later the society changed its teaching, every witness must change too!
So where does personal responsibility to make an informed and educated decision arise??
Can witnesses just say "I was following directions"?
What would the creator really think of blind obedience based on "outsourcing" ones choices?