Think about this quote from a book called The Charisma Myth:
Once you’ve made a favorable first impression on someone, it will color the rest of the relationship. This is because, as economist John Kenneth Galbraith believes, we seek to reaffirm our first impressions rather than revise them.
Did you catch that? We seek to reaffirm our first impressions rather than revise them.
I think that’s exactly what is happening within the Adventist church right now. Members have a positive first impression of the church (often grafted onto them from a previous generation) and refuse to see the organization in a negative light—no matter how slight.
The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will...
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