Posted by verne on October 11, 2004, at 16:55:13
In reply to Re: The Doctrine of Bob Infallibility » verne, posted by Atticus on October 11, 2004, at 16:14:09
When I use the navy analogy I don't mean to suggest that psychobabble has a military-like loyalty oath. But there are similarities such as agreeing to the terms of service or civility guidelines. There is an authority and a set of rules.
The captain was eccentric, capricious, and perhaps a poor leader, but if the crew had accepted him with his quirks, the ship would have made its destination.
Once the crew rebelled, questioned authority, and mutinied, the captain's weaknesses were magnified. The mutiniers thought the captain, who probably could have got them where they were going - maybe with a few detours, like looking for strawberries - was unfit, and in doing so, helped make him unfit.
The crew undercut him and precipitated the fall. The crew became his undoing and made the ship's mission impossible. If the crew had met him half way (given him the benefit of the doubt) a mutiny could have been avoided.