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Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Los Angeles, CA

Obedience is an interesting and multilayered topic. For example obedience, just for the sake of obedience, can be very bad (think Germany in the 1940's if you need an example). Responsible obedience requires one to evaluate the authoritative figure trying to exert their authority over you. In my opinion this is hardly ever stressed in discussions on obedience, but should be greatly stressed.

Bottom line, obedience can be a good or bad thing. I encourage readers to learn about the "authoritarian" personality type and be on guard for people who believe that obedience is always a good thing.

G L W8

@ Wastintime: "Obedience is an interesting and multilayered topic." So is the exercising of authority. Your comment seems to outline a specific "authoritarian" personality type typical of Hitler and other demagogues. But let's not reject all authority because some authority figures misuse it. In my view, President Monson would never demand the type of blind obedience you're suggesting we guard against. Joseph Smith said it best: "I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves."

Los Angeles, CA

G L W8

Did I suggest we should "reject all authority"?

I just think obedience is way over-stressed in our church. Organized religion is already crawling with authoritarian follower personality types; we need more obedience like a hole in the head. I think we could use more good judgement and less blind obedience.

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