Lately I've been thinking that trying to be nice and see things from the apostate point of view is not a virtue.
But is the opposite a virtue?
I seem to be out of tune with the faithful on important issues such as gay marriage.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Maybe I've been more worried about being fair than about being righteous (or self-righteous--I don't care at this point).
Being fair IS being righteous.
The more I think about it, the more I think that I've only been making my own life harder when I try.
Of course. Since the dawn of humanity, there's been no surer way of making one's life difficult than by thinking.
Why should you be any different?
Who am I to think I know better than the prophets do about how the government should be?
Who are you to think you know better than Joseph Smith about the rightness of taking a 14 year-old girl to bed?
I'm much younger for one, but more importantly I was not called to give guidance to others.
So? Brigham Young was called to give guidance to others, and he guided the Saints into believing that Adam & God are the same person.
It seems to me then that what many think is a great strength, of say Katherine-the-Great, can easily become a weakness. It seems too easy to get priorities out of line.
Is your priority to learn truth, or is your priority to blindly follow?
The more I look at others in my family, the more they tell me that this stuff is not interesting to them--they have other priorities.
That's correct. As we've seen above, thinking makes one's life difficult. Their priorities are to follow, not to think.
The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to agree.
That's scary. You're starting to see the wisdom in turning off your brain.
While I think it can be entertaining, I also think that the negatives of getting out of touch with the faithful may not be worth it.
Just what are the so-called "negatives" of getting out of touch with the faithful? Approximately 30,000 missionaries worldwide are working full-time to get people out of touch with their own faithful. Are they wrong to do so?
Yeah. You're considering abdicating your right to think. The moment you consent to that, you've crossed from "member" into "cultist."