Because its EASIER to follow blindly and conform than it is to actually do your homework and question things and find your personal truth.
because as long as the liqour store is stocked and cable TV in uninterrupted, no one cares.
You need to elaborate are you talking about RELIGION or society???
My brother speaks very authoritatively on most subjects. He sounds so intelligent, so sure, so confident when he spouts off that I spent most of my life never doubting anything that came out of his mouth. About ten years ago, he said something I knew to be incorrect, and I was really shocked. Ever since then I double check his facts. We trust people who sound like they know what they're talking about, especially if they're close to us.