Everyone seemed to enjoy the discussion here of the earrings issue from Elder Bednar's BYU devotional last week, so I thought I'd put up his entire talk, titled "Quick to Observe," and see what else we can kick around. I disliked the talk as much as I disliked the earrings illustration, but I'll try to find something nice to say about it anyway.
I suppose being quick to observe is better than being sluggishly lazy or even being quick to rebel. But those aren't the only alternatives. Perhaps some of the sluggish observers are simply opting out of the new program; perhaps they are exercising their free agency freely. Maybe they are merely in cultural non-conformity rather than flagrant rebellion, but on the other hand they could be just another example of the culture cop-out.
I didn't like his other examples, one of an ailing stake partriarch who insisted on donning full suit and tie to receive a visiting Stake President, and one of an ailing GA who refused to remain seated while offereing a prayer in a GA meeting, insisting on struggling to his feet and hobbling over to the room's podium to offer the prayer. What is the lesson: That receiving the kindness of others is to be avoided at all costs? That the truly righteous will spare no pains to be independent and avoid the entangling gratitude one owes to a person who gives you a hand or a break? My focus is on why Bednar repeated these stories and what lesson they actually convey (as opposed to the label he put on them).
There's a section on "the gift of discernment," but I guess you've probably read enough for now. Guess? No, I'm not just guessing, I know you've read enough. I just know.